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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - October 16, 2015

Crews have started installing the state-of-the-art LED lighting system at U.S. Bank Stadium.

2020 College Football Playoff Championship Announcement on the Horizon

After a formal bid was submitted by Minneapolis this past May, the College Football Playoff Championship will soon announce the host city for the 2020 championship. With U.S. Bank Stadium having already been awarded Super Bowl LII in February 2018 and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the early November announcement would give the state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Minneapolis its third major event since ground was broken in December 2013. The inaugural College Football Playoff was played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past January and will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2016.

U.S. Bank Stadium Signage Continues on the Stadium's North Side as Enclosure Looms

As construction progress continues to wrap around the stadium, the exterior of the north side of U.S. Bank Stadium is starting to finish up. Earlier this week, the U.S. Bank Stadium logo was placed on the exterior and work continues on the 467-foot roof sign on the north side's steel roof. In the coming weeks, the stadium will reach full enclosure, which includes the completed 60% ETFE roof on the stadium's south side. 

Both signs are now visible on the live stadium cam that shows the stadium progress of the north side. You can watch the continuing progress by clicking here.

Mamava Suites to be Unveiled Before Sunday's Game

Both Mamava lactation suites have arrived and are ready to be used at TCF Bank Stadium during Sunday's game. These private pods will allow for breastfeeding mothers to nurse in a comfortable private setting. One of the pods is located just off the main concourse near Gate A in the stadium's southwest corner, while the other is located on the 400 level near elevators 11, 12 and 13. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday morning to celebrate the Vikings becoming the first NFL team to partner with Mamava.

Although details are still being worked on, the Vikings plan on having additional Mamava suites throughout U.S. Bank Stadium. 

Community March/Rally Planned for Sunday; Pre-Game Congestion Expected

Due to a community march and rally scheduled to take place on the University of Minnesota campus and outside of TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday prior to the Kansas City game, the Vikings are encouraging fans to arrive early and to consider utilizing alternate routes to the stadium in order to avoid pre-game traffic and congestion issues.

The community march will begin on Church Street/17th Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and move north to University Avenue. From University Avenue, the march will move east for approximately four blocks before reaching the final rally destination south of TCF Bank Stadium. Fans should particularly take note that the Minneapolis Police plan to close two of the three lanes of University Avenue from approximately 10:00-10:30 a.m. The south lane of University is currently expected to remain open during the march, and at the conclusion of the march, all lanes of University will once again be open for vehicles.

In order to avoid congestion issues, the Vikings are reminding fans of the following two convenient park and ride options:

State Fairgrounds – Lot 108

The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings are once again utilizing the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Lot 108 – 1440 Randall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108) as a parking/tailgating option for Vikings fans during the 2015 regular season. Unavailable during the preseason, approximately 1,500 tailgating spaces can now be accessed throughout the regular season. A convenient option to avoid game day traffic issues, fans can purchase single-game passes ($20) for the lot adjacent to the University's St. Paul campus. Beginning three hours prior to kickoff, free University shuttles will run every 15 minutes (increasing to 5-10 minutes, as needed), transporting fans down the University's Transitway before dropping them off directly in front of TCF Bank Stadium. Total travel time is less than 10 minutes.

East Downtown Lots

Another parking option for Vikings fans that is in close proximity to TCF Bank Stadium are surface lots just north of the U.S. Bank Stadium site. Fans can park at the lots at the corner of 4th Street and Chicago Street for $15 and take the Green Line at the Downtown East location directly to the stadium.

The Vikings Wish Stadium Advocate and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson a Happy Retirement

Last week, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson officially retired after holding the prominent role for over five years. A major proponent of U.S. Bank Stadium, Knutson and the AFL-CIO played a key role at the State Capitol and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community in advocating for the creation of the multi-use stadium. She has served as a key cog in helping deliver on the promise of jobs, economic impact and enhancing the state's brand by bringing world class events to this market. 

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