Vikings stadium finished early
Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is considered “substantially complete,” so main contractor Mortenson Construction gave the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority a large key during the state board’s June meeting. The new home of the Minnesota Vikings is officially “substantially complete,” the team announced on Friday, an industry designation indicating that major construction on the stadium is finished, and that it is officially ready for use.
Nestled on the east side of Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium is a unique personification that is as much a tribute to the Vikings as it is a modern architectural marvel. The construction of the stadium is setting new standards for sports facilities. At a cost of $1.1 billion, U.S. Bank Stadium was built for far less and much quicker than its similar counterparts and has far exceeded the established goals of the project.And the 1.7 million square-foot structure seats up to 70,000 people.
“U.S. Bank Stadium was designed with the fan experience as the No. 1 priority, and to accomplish this milestone ahead of schedule is a testament to the talent and dedication by so many,” said Vikings owner and President Mark Wilf.
The stadium was sold to state lawmakers, who approved government funding for nearly half of the cost, as the future home of major national sports events. Even before opening, the facilities authority booked the 2018 NFL Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournament.
The stadium is set to host its first sporting event on August 3, a soccer match between AC Milan and Chelsea, before the Vikings play their first regular-season game at the site on Sept. 18 against the Green Bay Packers.