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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - May 27, 2016

Vikings Players Get A First Look At Their New Home

Prior to the beginning of this offseason's Organized Team Activities, current Vikings players went inside the building they'll call home in 2016 and beyond.

Last Friday, six Vikings players – including QB Teddy Bridgewater and DE Everson Griffen – toured U.S. Bank Stadium 100 days before the team's first home game.

From the locker room to the field, the players left excited to get back and open the new stadium.

"It's great, knowing that we'll get our own locker room," Bridgewater said. "TCF was great, and the fans supported us there, but I just can't wait. I can only imagine what it's like to be in a new home."

U.S. Bank Stadium will mark the third home stadium some players will play at following the Metrodome and TCF Bank Stadium, but that has Griffen more appreciative of what's to come.

"I'm going on seven seasons, and coming from the Metrodome to TCF to this, it makes you want to play harder for the fans and get the stadium rocking," Griffen said.

Coach Zimmer Has One Thing On His Mind For U.S. Bank Stadium

Players weren't the only Minnesota Vikings that have been checking out the new stadium as the season approaches.

Earlier this week, Head Coach Mike Zimmer had the opportunity to get inside U.S. Bank Stadium to see where his team will play 10 games in 2016.

"I was down there on Monday and took a tour of the locker room and the field and some of the things that are important to me," Zimmer said. "But it's an unbelievable place and the fans are really excited about it."

Zimmer has been very vocal about creating home-field advantages for the Vikings in order to help the team win in any way possible. That's no different when it comes to U.S. Bank Stadium.

"We're going to have that same mentality going into a new stadium," Zimmer said. "Just because they build a new stadium for you doesn't mean you have home-field advantage. You have to earn the home-field advantage."

*Local Roster Of Culinary Talent For U.S. Bank Stadium Unveiled *

From the beginning of the design process, providing fans with the best game day experience possible has been at the forefront of the Vikings goals for U.S. Bank Stadium. This week's announcement will only help in that regard.

On Tuesday, the Vikings, the MSFA, SMG and Aramark unveiled a partnership with Minnesota's top culinarians and restaurateurs to bring their talent and expertise to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Among those that will bring their food talents to U.S. Bank Stadium include Minneapolis-based Andrew Zimmern and Spoon and Stable Owner Gavin Kaysen.

Zimmern and Kaysen will partner for AZC Hoagies that will feature Italian meatball, sausage, beef and roast pork sandwiches along with bomboloni (Italian donuts) on the menu.

"We are really excited about bringing the best food in the world to the fans of the Vikings, guests of U.S. Bank Stadium and anyone visiting what I think is the best sports facility in the world," Zimmern said.

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