Today, Governor Dayton joined Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, former coach Bud Grant, Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, NFL COO Tod Lieweke, Vikings COO Kevin Warren, city and state leaders, architects, and business leaders to celebrate the grand opening of U.S. Bank Stadium, a project that began with Governor Dayton and the Legislature more than four years ago.
The new stadium will be home to the Minnesota Vikings as well as a venue for concerts, high school sports, and hundreds of events every year. The state-of-the-art stadium is already set to host the 2018 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the X-Games in both 2017 and 2018.
The construction of the stadium included contributions from over 300 Minnesota companies and put a diverse group of Minnesotans to work. Check out the infographic below for information about the project workforce and its economic impacts:
U.S Bank Stadium’s commitment to job growth and a diverse workforce won’t stop after the doors open: it will take up to 3,400 people to maintain ongoing operations of the facility.
Not only has the stadium stimulated a revitalization of Minneapolis’s East Town neighborhood, but greater Minnesota also saw its share of impacts.
Daktronics, an electronics manufacturer in Redwood Falls, created the stadium’s 27,000 square feet of LED video displays. This project created hundreds of jobs in Minnesota and makes U.S. Bank Stadium the only NFL stadium to use video displays that were manufactured in the team’s home state.
The stadium was also built with 3000 tons of Minnesota taconite, features art from 36 Minnesota artists, and will tempt fans with menu options from many beloved Minnesota restaurants.
The Vikings will play their first game at their new home on August 28 against the San Diego Chargers to kick of the pre-season. Fans can also experience U.S. Bank Stadium by taking a public tour. Get tickets and tour information here: http://www.usbankstadium.com/tours/