MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With more than 3.2 million worker hours logged at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium is 90 percent complete.
The Vikings organization and Mortenson Construction gave a tour of the stadium Tuesday, which they hope will be the talk of the National Football League.
There is not a bad seat in the house. From suites to field seating, they thought of everything to make sure going to a game here is the ultimate fan experience.
Impressive from the outside, U.S. Bank Stadium stands tall and wide against the Minneapolis skyline.
But once inside, you see the Vikings’ new home is quite cozy.
“It feels like an arena almost. Very tight, very intimate,” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said. “And we think it’s going to deliver a best fan experience in the league.”
From eye-level video boards to massive glass doors, the stadium will not disappoint fans. One look around and you can see not one obstructed view at all. And the bowl is almost ready for prime time.
“We’re just in preparation for that asphalt, and then on top of that the artificial turf will go over that,” Dave Mansell of Mortenson Construction said.
Some lucky fans will get great views of the game from field sideline suites.
“So there are suite holders that will be right at the field level, and then also at this end underneath of us there are some more, we call those ‘End Zone Suites’ where you are looking out over the field,” Mansell said.
It is the views of the skyline from inside that will take your breath away.
Six club areas, which are open to the public or corporate entities to rent, will show off what makes this stadium special.
The Purple Club gives fans a little extra something that no other NFL stadium has.
“It’s a very unique product in the NFL. It’s got this lounge seating, these couches that are there,” Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facility Association, said.
The Hyundai Club, the stadium’s largest, boasts glass doors on both sides. One opens up to the skyline, and the other to the field.
The 60-percent clear roof provides light and more views of what urban Minneapolis has to offer.
The new stadium will have two concourses that circle the inside of the stadium.
In the winter, when there are no planned events, the concourse will be open for walking, skating and running.
The grand opening is set for late July. Fourteen-hundred workers continue to keep the project on time.