MSFA: Leaks in US Bank Stadium roof 'completely normal'

U.S. Bank Stadium construction camera at 11:40 a.m. on April 25, 2016.

Heavy April rains have left some puddles on the field level of U.S. Bank Stadium. Is the roof leaking? The short answer is yes, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says the leaks are “completely normal” and expected during a construction project of this scale.

Temporary flashing was installed over winter where the two sides of the roof meet. Now that the weather is warmer, crews should be able to resume work on the roof and install permanent flashing. There is no precise timeline for the completion of this work, but MSFA says there is no damage to the stadium and no need for materials to be replaced.

In February, some water damage at U.S. Bank Stadium was traced to leaks in the snow gutter system. Crews removed some exterior panels and signs to repair the damaged vapor barrier, and the $3 million to $4 million cost was covered by the stadium contractors and designers.

U.S. Bank Stadium construction will be complete in July, with the Vikings kicking off their first game in August – a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. The first regular season Vikings game at the new stadium is a Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 18.

Before NFL football takes over the turf, European "football" will grace the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. Chelsea F.C. and A.C. Milan will meet in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Aug. 3. 

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