U.S. Bank Stadium

Finished Exterior

Finished Exterior

Everyone gets excited when their local sports team gets a new upgrade. If you haven’t heard the news, the Minnesota Vikings are building a new stadium.  Plans of it being built were announced on April 19, 2007. The new stadium was estimated to open in 2012. Clearly, Minnesotans have been waiting for a new stadium for quite some time. Plans take a very long time to approve and carry out. Regardless, Minnesotans have been waiting for a long time, and it’s finally happening.

Interior Drawing

Often, when big construction projects take place, many people underestimate how much money it takes to build something like this. It cost about $1.08 billion to finish the project. These types of projects also open up a lot of job openings for unemployed people. 1,600 construction workers worked over 900,000 combined hours in just the first year of construction, and 3,400 full and part-time jobs will be supported by the economic activity generated by a new stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium has a lot of capacity for people to watch games. Its maximum capacity is about 73,000 people. It is estimated to seat 65,000 people per game.

The first event to be played in  the stadium is a soccer game between A.C. Milan and Chelsea F.C. on August 3. Next up is back to back concerts performed by Luke Bryan and Metallica on August 19 and 20.  U.S. Bank Stadium will also host Super Bowl 52 on February 4, 2018, 2019 NCAA Final Four, the Minnesota High School Football and Soccer Tournaments, as well as college and high school baseball games. The Vikings also said that the stadium could be used as a pro soccer field, but soccer is destined for St. Paul. Needless to say, it will be a tourist attraction.

The U.S Bank Stadium is going to be a bigger, better version of what the Vikings had before. Even though U.S. Bank Stadium has already contributed to Minnesota’s economy by creating thousands of jobs and opportunities, it will continue to bring interest to the people of Minnesota, and it will shed light on the future of Minnesota’s sports.