Gear up for a New Viking Age

By Matt Henry

After playing two seasons on borrowed turf, the Minnesota Vikings moved into their new downtown stadium for the 2016 NFL season. The Vikings' inaugural season at U.S. Bank Stadium featured matchups against conference rivals the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, plus the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and other top teams.

Take a virtual tour of U.S. Bank Stadium below (and see more Google 360 tours):

Standing in the former location of the Metrodome, U.S. Bank Stadium’s glass, angular design is a striking change from the white, rounded features of the Vikings’ former home. The new stadium features a translucent roof and wall panels that lets in natural light while remaining fully enclosed. More than 66,000 seats are available for games, which can be expanded up to 72,000 seats for special events.

US Bank Stadium Photo Credit Minnesota Vikings Food and beverage options include high-end fare from celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, and a rotating selection of Minnesota-made craft beers.

Although the Vikings are the focus, U.S. Bank Stadium is a destination for more than just football games. The inaugural event was a soccer match between A.C. Milan and Chelsea as part of the International Champions Cup, and Luke Bryan and Metallica were the stadium's first musical acts.

The stadium is sure to be a hub for some of the largest events in the Twin Cities area for years to come, including the 2017-18 X Games, 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Final Four.

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