MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The final fixed seats were officially installed in the seating bowl of U.S. Bank Stadium, marking another milestone for the venue taking shape in downtown Minneapolis.
U.S. Bank Stadium will have the closest seats (41 feet from the sideline) and the closest turf suites (25 feet from the sideline) in the NFL.
Crews began drilling the seat rails June 4, 2015 and have not installed more than 58,000 fixed seats and nearly 6,000 retractable seats. The stadium seats 66,200 total, which includes wheelchair spaces, limited mobility seating and Club Purple lounge seating.
Typically, every seat is installed directly to concrete, but U.S. Bank is different because they’re placed on a rail system allowing faster installation and the flexibility to remove seats or move them closer together to allow for additional seating.
“This seating design gives U.S. Bank Stadium an intimate feel despite its size and will enhance the home field advantage as our fans will nearly be on top of the playing field,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Along with a more comfortable seating experience, fans will have incredible views of the field no matter their location.”
To date, more than 46,000 seats have been secured by fans, and four of the 131 suites are still available.