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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - January 22, 2016

View images of the scoreboard install at U.S. Bank Stadium, as well as images from the Daktronics plant where the boards were built.

Video Board Installation Complete at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota-made 13HD LED video boards have been completely installed at U.S. Bank Stadium. While up to 13 times larger than the video boards at the Metrodome, the boards located in each end zone are more about location than size.

The original design intention was to allow the maximum number of fans in the stadium to see the boards without missing any of the on-field action. Placed approximately 10 feet above the main concourse, fans will be able to look directly to the left or right, or straight ahead to catch replays.

Overall, the stadium will boast 25,000 square feet of high-definition LED displays, the most in any NFL stadium. In addition to the video boards, this includes ribbon boards that will wrap around the bowls of the stadium, providing fans with interactive features throughout their game day experience.

To view video of the video board installation, click here.

"The Roof That Isn't There"

Journalist Tim Newcomb recently visited Minneapolis to get an in-depth look at the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium and reported on the "roof that isn’t there" at the Vikings future home. Newcomb looked at how the three-layer ETFE roof gives the stadium something that hasn't been done before in the United States and will give fans natural light in the stadium while keeping the cold temperatures and snow away, giving fans a stadium that feels like it's outdoors all of the time.

Despite its snow-shedding capabilities, the 240,000 square-foot transparent roof makes for one of the lightest roofs in the world. The "space-age" ETFE is stabilized by air supply units that help maintain a minimum pressure.

"We arrived on the ideal solution for this market, that indoor-outdoor experience," Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley told Newcomb. "A stadium for all seasons."

Ecolab Announced as Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium Partner

Earlier this week, Ecolab was announced as an official partner of the Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium. As part of the partnership, Ecolab products will be used throughout the world-class venue to ensure clean, efficient and sustainable operations. In addition, the company will sponsor the Ecolab Gate, located at the north entrance of the stadium. 

The partnership with Ecolab brings another Minnesota-based company into the mix at U.S. Bank Stadium. Headquartered in St. Paul Minn., the company employs more than 2,500 people throughout the state.

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