Fewer than 5,000 U.S. Bank Stadium SBLs Remain With More Than 45,000 Vikings Seats Committed
Over 45,000 seats at U.S. Bank Stadium have already been committed by Vikings fans through the Stadium Builder's License (SBL) program. Currently fewer than 5,000 seats – approximately 10% – of seats at the new stadium with an SBL attached remain. Of the original 16 SBL price points, only three are left, ranging from $2,000 to $2,550. Following the success of the Vikings season in 2015 and the anticipation of the doors opening to Vikings fans in August, SBL sales have only increased since the playoff loss to Seattle, with roughly 1,000 seats committed in the last three weeks.
View the latest aerial construction photos of U.S. Bank Stadium from all angles from early January of 2016.
"Fans are certainly excited about the unprecedented game experience that will begin this season," said Vikings Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix. "We expect these final seats to move quickly, especially as offseason interest in the Vikings grows as is typical during free agency and the NFL Draft."
To learn more obtaining one of the remaining SBLs, Vikings fans can click here to book their appointment to tour the U.S. Bank Stadium Preview Center or call 952.918.8599 to speak to a Van Wagner representative.
Super Bowl 50 Foreshadows What to Expect in Minnesota in 2018
With two years left until Super Bowl LII kicks off, the Minneapolis-St. Paul region can use this year’s contest as a gauge as to what to expect in February 2018. Both stadiums will host the country's largest sporting event in its second year of operation and the game will be hosted by a region, rather than a single city. Although the Minnesota event will be spread across two major cities as opposed to four, it's expected to take a region-wide effort in order to make it a successful Super Bowl.
In addition to the parallels of the event, the state-of-the-art technology surrounding the game draws comparisons. One of the largest technological impacts the 2018 Super Bowl will showcase is a longer halftime show thanks to the instant-off, instant-on capability of LED lights in the system from Ephesus Lighting. U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first NFL stadium that will have that technology installed during construction as others have been retrofitted, including Arizona for last year's Super Bowl.
"U.S. Bank Stadium's Design is Generating Opinions"
Since U.S. Bank Stadium reached full enclosure, fans and residents now have an idea of the presence that the new facility will have on Downtown Minneapolis. Because of this, opinions have been generated on how the design of the stadium fits in, which were curated by Sam Black of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Standing over 300 feet tall at its peak, the stadium has a notable presence in the developing Downtown East area.
"The word 'iconic' has been thrown around way too much the past couple years, but 10 years from now, the new Vikings stadium is clearly going to be Minneapolis' most recognized building across the country," StreetsMN online bulletin board contributor Nick Magrino said.
Super Bowl LII Host Committee in Bay Area to Continue Planning Process
While an expected one million visitors are set to embark on the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 festivities, a group of Minnesotans have also made the trip to the west coast but for very different reasons. Members of the Super Bowl LII Host Committee are at this week’s events to gauge what to expect when Minnesota hosts the event in two years. From touring spaces to studying lines at various booths, the team is using their time on the west coach to find ways to make the week and a half leading up to the Sunday night game as involved as possible for the fans that won't be in the stadium for the NFL's final game of the season.
New Vikings Stadium Passes Major Snow Test
After nearly 10 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, a major design element of U.S. Bank Stadium was shown off. With the design of the sloped roof and the transparent ETFE, snow is shed from the 248,000-square-foot roof. Due to the issues with the Metrodome's roof following a heavy snowfall, the ability to quickly get rid of snow from the new stadium's roof was an important factor that went into the design.
Once the snow goes off the roof, it falls into heated snow gutters that will melt the snow before it goes to a filtration system that pushes the water into storm drains and the Mississippi River.
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