Game time: U.S. Bank Stadium construction complete

Construction of the U.S. Bank Stadium was substantially complete in early June and the building is ready for business. Substantially complete is a contract term in the construction industry that establishes when construction is finished except for minor remaining work and the building can be used for its intended purpose. The stadium was originally scheduled to reach this milestone July 29. Finished six weeks ahead of schedule, the new stadium and home of the Minnesota Vikings features a bold, iconic design unique to Minnesota, fan-friendly elements and unmatched technology. Contractor Mortenson Construction symbolically turned over the stadium’s keys to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the building’s owner, and the Minnesota Vikings during the MSFA’s June board meeting. The architectural landmark is 1.75 million square feet and cost $1.1 billion to build. With seating for up to 70,000, the stadium features a fixed-roof design with the largest span of transparent ETFE material in the country; five large glass pivoting doors; zinc metal exterior panels; the closest seats to the field in the NFL; seven levels connected by stairs, ramps, escalators and elevators; the first NFL stadium built with LED lighting; increased and enhanced concessions; 2,000 HD flat-screen TVs; and two concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl. The stadium’s construction set a new standard for sports facilities. Followed by a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 3, 2013, the stadium was built in two-and-a-half years, several months shorter than originally projected, and for less than other similarly sized sports facilities. The project also achieved unparalleled workforce participation and local business involvement that far exceeded the project’s established goals. More than 8,000 workers have committed more than 4 million hours on the project to date. The city of Minneapolis issued the building’s certificate of occupancy a month-and-a-half early on June 3. The first sporting event at the new stadium featured AC Milan against Chelsea F.C. on Aug. 3 as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup. Back-to-back concerts by Luke Bryan and Metallica were held Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, respectively. The Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 home opener is Sept. 18 versus the Green Bay Packers. U.S. Bank Stadium will also host Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four. àà

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