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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - May 20, 2016

Countdown Approaches 100 Days Until Vikings Home Opener

It's been over 29 months since ground was broken to begin the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium and now the end is finally in sight.

The first Vikings game in the new home – a preseason contest against San Diego on August 28 – is just 100 days from today.

Over the next three months, U.S. Bank Stadium will host a myriad of events leading up to the Vikings premiere game, including open houses, a premier international soccer match and two major concerts.

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View images of the start-to-almost-finished creation of the Vikings locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium as the area nears completion.

New Tailgating Zones For U.S. Bank Stadium Take Next Step

A reconfigured tailgating zone for U.S. Bank Stadium took the next step this week as it was approved by the City of Minneapolis Community Development & Regulatory Services. The proposal will go before a full City Council vote on Friday, May 27.

Since the stadium was unveiled in 2013, over $1 billion in development has been announced in the areas surrounding the new downtown facility, leading to the loss of several surface parking lots. If the reconfigured zone passes the full city council, up to 1,000 surface parking spaces will be available for tailgating, at the discretion of private lot owners.

"We think we are closing in on a resolution that will allow enough tailgating spaces to accommodate fans who want to continue this tradition," said Bagley.

View aerial images updated from both the northeast corner and then the southwest corner, showcasing the progress at U.S. Bank Stadium. Updated from late June of 2016.

U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Reaches Final Weeks

The punch list for Mortenson Construction's job at U.S. Bank Stadium is starting to be whittled down as construction wraps up in the coming weeks. One item not on the list that can be crossed off is the last construction update in front of the MSFA board.

This morning, Mortenson provided their final official construction update to the MSFA. On pace for an on-time completion, Minnesota-based Mortenson is wrapping up the completion of the $1.1 billion downtown stadium.

With weather warming up, work continues on Medtronic Plaza west of the stadium. The video board on the west prow of the stadium has been installed and tested. In place of a typical mast, the 55-foot tall curved LED board on the Legacy Ship is being installed.

Finishing touches are being applied to the Vikings locker room, which is nearly complete. All televisions and lockers are installed in the Vikings new space. When the locker room is complete, 30 temporary lockers set on casters will be rolled into the middle of the space for preseason games.

Also at this morning's board meeting, an additional $2 million contribution by the Vikings was approved. This brings the private/team contribution over the $600 million mark while the state's contribution remains capped at $498 million.

3M Named Official Science Partner of Minnesota Vikings

Two iconic Minnesota brands have expanded their relationship in order to help provide Vikings fans with an enhanced gameday experience.

Earlier this week, 3M was named the Official Science Partner of the Minnesota Vikings. 3M will have an increased presence from both a branding standpoint and from a technogical standpoint throughout U.S. Bank Stadium.

Aside from being the preferred supplier of branded first aid stations in the stadium, 3M technology is visible throughout the entire building – including the 60% transparent roof. The Fluoroplastic ETFE* *on the clear, lightweight and self-cleaning roof was constructed by Vector Foiltec with film manufactured from 3M Dyneon Fluoroplastic ETFE by NOWOFOL Kunststoffprodukte GmbH.

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