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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - May 6, 2016

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Turf Installation at U.S. Bank Stadium Set For Next Week

U.S. Bank Stadium is just days away from taking a major step toward looking more like the game day home of the Vikings as turf installation is set to begin next week.

With the green turf in place, fans will notice just how close the seats are to the action. Vikings fans will have the closest view in the NFL, with some seats just 41 feet from the playing field. 

U.S. Bank Video Board Lights Up For Vikings 1st-Round Pick

As part of his first day in Minnesota, Vikings 1st-round pick Laquon Treadwell toured U.S. Bank Stadium. As soon as he stepped inside his new home, he couldn’t help but notice the stadium's west video board.

For the first time, the video boards were turned on to display a "Welcome to Minnesota" message for Laquon, featuring a photo of him and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from the previous night. 

The west video board, which is 8,160 square feet, is the largest video board in the stadium and is 13 times larger than the ones that were used at the Metrodome. What sets the two large video boards in each end zone apart isn't their size; it's the level at which they are placed. Both video boards are placed directly above the main concourse, ensuring visibility for all fans without having to tilt their head up.

Exterior Video Board Installation on Stadium's West Prow Now Complete

While most of the talk focuses on what will be taking place inside U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, it's hard not to notice the significant pieces that are being added to the exterior of the building – including an LED video board on the stadium's west prow.

Located just below the U.S. Bank Stadium sign and just above Medtronic Plaza, the high-tech board will serve as a display for stadium users. Like the video boards located inside of U.S. Bank Stadium, the exterior board was manufacted by Daktronics in Redwood Falls, Minn.

Legacy Ship Starts to Take Shape with Mast Installation

The first major piece of the Legacy Ship at U.S. Bank Stadium was installed last Saturday as the 60-foot tall mast went into place. The mast will hold the 2,000-square foot curved LED video board.

The ship, which features an abstract dragon with Norse iconography, will serve as the anchor to Medtronic Plaza. Approximately 14,000 commemorative fan bricks will make up the base.

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