Vikings add massive ship with video board sail to stadium plaza

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The Minnesota Vikings are putting a massive Vikings ship on the plaza of U.S. Bank Stadium. The ship will include a 2,000 square-foot curved LED video board that will serve as the ship’s 55-foot sail. More from the Vikings:

“Inspired by legendary Viking ships and designed to honor local ancestry, the Legacy Ship will incorporate contemporary metals, stone, concrete and wood and will include landscaping, theatrical lighting, sounds and smoke effects. A 2,000 square-foot curved LED video board standing 55 feet tall will serve as the ship’s sail, while the ship’s figurehead, an abstract dragon with Norse iconography, will top out at 43 feet high and will interact with events inside the stadium. The Legacy Ship will include seating and stainless steel railings, along with 150 linear feet of displays, including a timeline exhibit featuring historical Minnesota moments and site directories to aid in wayfinding. Making the ship even more unique will be the incorporation of thousands of fan commemorative Legacy Bricks that will occupy approximately 3,500 square feet of the ship’s deck.”

Who’s paying for this thing?

The ship is funded privately by the Vikings.

Who designed it?

This ship was designed by RipBang Studios, a division of Minneapolis-based NELSON.