U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Nearing 90% Completion Mark
With U.S. Bank Stadium set to open up later this year, construction remains steady with 1,300 workers on site daily. Over 87% of the construction has been completed and $733 million worth of work has gone into the state's largest public works project.
Crews are taking full advantage of the stadium's full enclosure as interior work is starting to take shape. Telescopic seating in the lower bowl continues to be installed and 70% of the upper bowl seats have been put into place. Many of the stadium's concessions and restrooms have also been completed. The east and west video boards, which are up to 13 times larger than those at the Metrodome, have been installed. Stay tuned to Vikings.com next week for full coverage on the installation of the Minnesota-made Daktronics video boards.
While work progresses on the inside, construction continues on the stadium's exterior. The west wall, including the world's five largest pivoting doors, remains the main focus of the outside. Glass work continues on the final two pivoting doors that will lead fans from the Medtronic Plaza into the 65,400-seat stadium. The structural steel work for the 3,000-square foot LED video board on the stadium's west prow has been completed.
Stadium Live Camera Now Displays Vikings Locker Room Progress
Since January 2014, live cameras positioned inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium have allowed fans to witness construction progress as it takes place. As of this week, fans have now been given an additional look into the progress of the Vikings new home. With work moving to the inside of the stadium, a camera has been added to show fans progress of the Vikings locker room. To take a look at the construction of the area that the Vikings will use prior to taking the field, click here.
View images of the Downtown East Commons near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings Contribute $3 Million Towards Downtown East Commons
When Green Minneapolis announced that it had raised $10.5 million towards the fundraising for the Downtown East Commons, $3 million of that comes from the Vikings. The Commons, a two-block, 4.2-acre green space adjacent to U.S. Bank Stadium, will serve as a workplace, respite, neighborhood park and entertainment venue. In addition to the monetary contribution, Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf has joined the Downtown East Commons Fundraising Committee as a co-chair to help in the final fundraising efforts.
"The Downtown East Commons will not only be an integral part of the Vikings game day experience but a place the community will enjoy throughout the year," said Wilf. "We are proud to provide ongoing support to this endeavor, and I am personally looking forward to working with the fundraising committee to bring this project to fruition."
Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights Tour Marks First Concert Announced for U.S. Bank Stadium
Luke Bryan, the Country Music Association's 2015 Male Entertainer of the Year, will bring his Kill The Lights tour to U.S. Bank Stadium on August 19, 2016. With the doors of U.S. Bank Stadium slated to open in late July, Bryan's concert will mark one of the first events the state-of-the-art facility will hold. Information on tickets for the show will be available at a later date at usbankstadium.com.
"We were looking at images of the stadium online, and we're honored to be bringing our show there," Bryan said. "We're going to rattle some windows in there and break it in."
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