Vikings, U.S. Bank Announce Partnership For Stadium Naming Rights
Earlier this week, the new Vikings stadium took a major step in the process by announcing a 20-year partnership with U.S. Bank for the naming rights of the state-of-the art facility. The partnership for U.S. Bank Stadium marks another connection between the stadium and a Minnesota-based company.
"On behalf of the entire Minnesota Vikings organization, we would like to thank Richard and the 67,000 U.S. Bank employees for their belief in, and support of, the Vikings and this new stadium and for the commitment they make in the economic and social well-being of Minnesota and its citizens every day," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "We are proud to partner with a storied and respected Minnesota institution to introduce both U.S. Bank Stadium and the Places to Play program, both of which will serve as assets for the entire Minnesota community."
Set to open in July 2016, the iconic stadium features a design that is authentic to the state of Minnesota and features a the country's largest ETFE roof that covers 60% of the stadium's roof and five of the world's largest pivoting doors that open out to downtown Minneapolis. With the official name of the stadium in place, check out these updated photos and fly throughs of U.S. Bank Stadium.
View images of how the Gjallarhorn will be displayed at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota Vikings Contribute An Additional $5.9 Million To U.S. Bank Stadium
At this morning's MSFA board meeting, an additional $5.9 million dollar Vikings contribution towards the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium was approved. A bulk of the contribution is dedicated to providing Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, another step in helping provide the best fan experience possible for fans that attend events at U.S. Bank Stadium.
In addition, a Gjallarhorn platform will be built in the stadium to give fans a better vantage point to watch the signaling of the Vikings arrival during pregame festivities. The team has now contributed an additional $95 million since the original budget was approved. The private contribution now sits at $572 million.
U.S. Bank Stadium Nears 60% Completion Mark
Over $500 million worth of work has gone into the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium with the 60% completion mark nearing according to this morning's construction update from Mortenson. Work on the ETFE roof has started with 8 of the 75 ETFE pillows having already been installed. The ETFE installation is set to finish in November, enclosing the entire stadium. The first of the five pivoting doors will begin a 3-week preinstall at the construction site in late July with it being installed in August. Work has already started on preparing for the installation of bowl seating and the first seats are expected to be in place in early August. To date, 237 Minnesota-based firms have worked on the project. Over 1,100 men and women have worked 1.5 million of the stadium's total 4+ million work hours.
Coach Zimmer Explores U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Site
Last Friday, Head Coach Mike Zimmer made his first appearance at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site. During the tour, Zimmer was able to take in field-level views as well as those from the stands and the future home of Club Purple. Led on a guided tour by Mortenson General Superintendent Dave Mansell, Zimmer was impressed by all of the detail that has gone into the planning and constructing of U.S. Bank Stadium.
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