Whether you’re drawn in by the beautiful Minneapolis skyline reflecting off the mirror-like walls, the delicious smells of celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen Rotisserie wafting on the wind, or the deafening shouts from Viking’s fans inside, you’re sure to enjoy your experience at U.S. Bank Stadium.
At A Glance:
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U.S. Bank Stadium is the home of the Minnesota Vikings.
U.S. Bank Stadium is located in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Home of the Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium is one of the newest NFL stadiums, having opened just last year on July 22, 2016. The state-of-the-art facility covers 137,000 square feet and seats 66,200 fans. The Vikings aren’t the only people who call U.S. Bank Stadium home; it’s also the go-to venue for Minnesota concerts, fairs, family events, high school and college sports events, and corporate meetings.
The stadium is the first fixed-roof NFL stadium to be built since 2002 when the Detroit Lions constructed Ford Field. The state and city governments would only provide funding if the venue could host large events like the Super Bowl and Final Four. A retractable roof was out of the budget, so an enclosed design was chosen. The choice seems to have paid off, as U.S. Bank Stadium is booked to host both Super Bowl LII and the Summer X-Games in 2018 and the NCAA Final Four in 2019.
- U.S. Bank Stadium was designed by HKS Inc., the same design firm responsible for AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) and Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts).
- The facility is often compared to the Crystal Cathedral in California, thanks in part to its translucent roof and glazed entrances, which are meant to allow in as much natural light as possible.
- The stadium hit its to-date maximum capacity on December 1, 2016, when it hosted the Dallas Cowboys. The event brought together 66,860 cheering fans.
- The first touchdown scored on the U.S. Bank Stadium field belonged to Jordy Nelson, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers.
- For the opening weekend, Luke Bryan and Metallica each played a concert on back to back nights.
- Prince was scheduled to perform at the opening festivities, but he passed away shortly before opening.
- The stadium was built with auditory reflective material, making it one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL (the loudest on record is Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, which hit 142 decibels on Sept. 29. 2014).
U.S. Bank Stadium has 131 suites and 6 club areas. Here’s a breakdown of the six types of suites.
Loft Suites: Loft Suites are located along the sidelines and host up to 18 people. They come with VIP parking, all access food and beverages, and private club access. Suite owners also have access to one annual suite event on the field.
Norseman Lounge Suites: Located between the 20-yard line and the end zone, and just 36 rows back from the field, these highly desirable suites hold space for 10 lucky people. Each suite has direct club access and a private bar.
Norseman Suites: The Norseman Suites sit just 36 rows back from the field between the opposing 20-yard lines. They come with 18 tickets and access to a private club, all-inclusive food and beverages, and VIP parking.
Touchdown Suites: The Touchdown Suites are the closest to the field in the entire NFL. They’re located in the east end zone and come with Delta Sky360 Club access. Each suite has space for up to 20 people.
Turf Suites: Along with the Touchdown Suites, the Turf seats are the closest suites to the field in the NFL. 12-24 fans can step outside to the patio area at field level. The Turf Suites are directly adjacent to the Vikings’ sideline and bench area, so fans will be close enough to call the plays.
Valhalla Suites: Access to the Valhalla Suites gets you more than a great seat; it also gets you access to the private Owners and Medtronic clubs, VIP parking, and an excellent view of the field. At only 17 rows back from the field, the Valhalla Suites are decked out with the most modern, comfortable furniture in the building.
Food & Drinks
Food at U.S. Bank Stadium is a bit different than most NFL stadiums. The stadium partnered with celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern. This partnership has allowed Zimmern and the Vikings to provide a dining experience that celebrates the surrounding neighborhoods and cultures within the traditional parameters of stadium concessions. Dine on state fair favorites like bacon cheese curds and cinnamon rolls, dig into a rotisserie chicken at Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen Rotisserie, or eat a jerk bacon sammy with a draft beer.
What To Do When You Visit
Take a Tour: Public 90-minute tours are available most days. These tend to sell out, so buy your tickets in advance. The tour route is modified daily to accommodate for games and events, so the locations on the tour are subject to change.
Check Out The Art: As part of their commitment to serving the people of Minnesota, the Vikings commissioned artwork from 40 local artists (out of 1,100 submissions). Approximately 300 pieces of original work, 200 photographs, and 2 hand-painted murals adorn the walls.
Get Up Close and Personal: Fans with good connections can watch the game from a Touchdown Suite and get as close to the field as it’s possible to get in an NFL stadium.
There are roughly 20,000 parking spaces within 20 miles of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Arriving by bike? You can park your bike in one of 180 designated bike spots located near the Legacy, Pentair, Ecolab and Verizon Gates.
All vehicles parking in the stadium’s secure parking area may be subject to an inspection.
Guests with disabilities can be dropped off on 10th Avenue South between 6th Street South and 7th Street South.
U.S. Bank Stadium is served by more than 20 bus routes, the METRO Blue and Green lines, and Lyft/Uber rideshare services.
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