Contact: Jenn Hathaway
Minneapolis, MN (October 7, 2015) – U.S. Bank Stadium celebrated a significant milestone last month by raising the last piece of steel on the roof. With ten months remaining in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, here’s an update on construction progress and what to expect in the coming months.
The east side of the stadium is looking like the finished product, with all the glazing, paneling, signage, stairs and entrance finished, landscaping is well underway. Trees, shrubs and perennials were planted last week and over the weekend.
The finished east side concrete staircase is located directly over the loading dock. To alleviate heavy loads of soil and to maximize the load put on the concrete structure, Mortenson used 5,000 cubic yards of geofoam. Geofoam is a stable, light weight, waterproof fill that is 1-2% of the weight of regular soil.
The plans of landscape architects, Oslund and Associates, are taking shape on the east and south sides of the stadium. Ten Swamp White Oak and Sienna Glen Maple trees were planted on 6th Street on Friday. Boston Ivy was planted at the base of the fence around the parking lot in the south east corner. Earlier last week, shrubs were planted on 11th Avenue, as were a fraction of the 3,000 perennials.
The landscape plan includes: 153 trees; 902 shrubs; 2,946 perennials; 462 tons of rock mulch; and 135 cubic yards of hardwood mulch. Crimson Spire Oak and Hackberry trees will be planted on 11th Avenue in 2015. Sixty Triumph Elm trees will be planted on the west plaza in the spring/summer of 2016.
The first large, 30 foot high “monument sign,” which will be used as directional signage was installed. There will be six 30 feet high signs and seven 12 feet high pedestrian directional signs on the stadium site.
Inside, more than a thousand workers are busy finishing both sides of the roof, installing concession equipment, installing seats and finishing out rooms. The LED lighting is being installed at the top of the stadium bowl. U.S. Bank Stadium is the first NFL stadium being built with LED lighting, which operates much more efficiently than metal halide lighting: they turn on and off instantly; they use less electricity; and are warrantied for 10 years.
Later this fall the roof will be enclosed, ribbon board installation and video boards will begin installation this winter. At the end of March, the retractable seating will be installed. In April the locker rooms will be finished, and in May the field turf will be installed. U.S. Bank Stadium will open in July of 2016.
About U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium, owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is a multi-purpose stadium and home to the Minnesota Vikings. The 65,400 seat stadium is located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With 137,000 square feet on the stadium floor and six club spaces throughout the building, this state-of-the-art facility will host prominent national and international programming including the Minnesota Vikings, concerts, family shows, sporting events, conventions, trade/consumer shows, and corporate or private meetings and events. U.S. Bank Stadium is set to open summer 2016 and has been chosen as the site of Super Bowl LII (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019.