MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - U.S. Bank Stadium opened its doors to skaters and runners on Tuesday evening. In a tradition that started in the Metrodome, skaters and runners zipped around the “track,” almost half of a mile.
Skaters can rollerblade on the concourse level, and runners can zip around the upper concourse level on days the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) plans to announce later this week. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium box office.
“As we were doing the design, I can tell you everywhere we went around the state when we held meetings to ask what you wanted to see in the new stadium, the biggest group of people showed up to say we want to bring back rollerskating,” Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chair for the MSFA, told Fox 9.
On hand for opening night was the inventor of rollerblades.
“I’m so happy I was in town to come and experience it,” Scott Olson, the inventor, told Fox 9.
Many of the hundreds of skaters and blades were regulars at Metrodome.
“I’m so excited to be here,” Kathy Gyro, a Metrodome regular, said. “You get to together with the same people and they’re all happy about it, exercise, it’s fun. I dance to it.”
The reviews were positive: a much better view with a longer and wider track.