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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - October 9, 2015

View some of the one-of-a-kind, museum-quality art that will be featured at U.S. Bank Stadium as part of the Sports & The Arts program the Vikings and the MSFA collaborated on.

Nearly Three Dozen Local Artists Selected to Have Work Displayed in U.S. Bank Stadium

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings announced the nearly three dozen local artists that will be commissioned to have their work displayed in U.S. Bank Stadium. Former Viking Carl Eller, 7 current/former Minneapolis College of Art and Design students and a father/daughter combination highlight the selected artists. The biggest goal of U.S. Bank Stadium since the beginning has been to provide the best fan experience possible and the partnership with Sports & The Arts for a gallery of nearly 500 unique pieces of art displayed in all areas of the stadium will serve to do just that.

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

U.S. Bank Stadium Set to be the First NFL Stadium With Specific LED Lighting Technology

During the ongoing construction at U.S. Bank Stadium, the LED lighting system is starting to take shape inside the state-of-the-art stadium. Ephesus Lighting is taking the lead on lighting the stadium's interior and in doing so, it's using technology that's never been used in an NFL stadium before. This technology, which was released earlier this year, can control the brightness of the lights to help balance the outside light that will be coming in through the stadium's 60% transparent ETFE roof and the glass wall along the stadium's west side. In addition, this energy-efficient system will allow for energy savings of more than 75%.

Construction Reaches 75% Completion at U.S. Bank Stadium

At this morning's MSFA monthly board meeting, Mortenson Construction announced that the stadium's progress has hit the 75% completion mark. Since ground was broken in December 2013, $640 million worth of work has gone into the site. There are currently 1,400 workers on site, the highest number the construction site will see. The crane that was used to place the structural steel on the on the south side of the roof has been disassembled and removed from the site, making way for full enclosure in the immediate future. The U.S. Bank Stadium logo is currently going up on the exterior stadium's north side as well as on the roof on the same side. The retractable seating elements will soon begin installation with the entire retractable seating complete at the end of March.

Equity workforce goals continue to exceed at U.S. Bank Stadium with nearly 50% of the workforce being comprised of minorities and females.

View updated images from the landscaping outside of U.S. Bank Stadium.

MSFA Updates Exterior Progress

With the Minnesota winter approaching in the near future, the exterior of the stadium is on its way to enclosure. Set to be fully enclosed by mid-November, the stadium's east side is nearly complete with glazing, signage, paneling, stairs and entrance finished with landscaping underway. The first of six 30-foot high monument direction signs has been installed and more than 1,000 workers are completing work on both sides of the stadium's roof. Upon enclosure, work on the video and ribbon boards around the stadium's bowl will begin and in April the locker rooms will be completely finished.

Vikings Alumni Weekend Includes Tour of Preview Center, Stadium Construction Site

As part of the recent Vikings alumni weekend, former players had the opportunity to tour the New Stadium Preview Center as well as getting inside the construction site of U.S. Bank Stadium. The reaction? "Very impressive," said former Viking Doug Sutherland. The players, who played at both Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome, had high praise for the Vikings third permanent home in franchise history. "I think we'll put it up against Dallas," Sutherland added. "I don't know what we have that they don't have."

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