Too bad the Democratic Convention isn’t in Minnesota this year: Hillary Clinton could make her acceptance speech in a building with an actual glass ceiling.
So here’s what a $1.1 billion football stadium looks like in 2016 — welcome to US Bank Stadium, new home of the Minnesota Vikings, which officials say is now complete, six weeks early. And because it’s a shining example of American ingenuity, the first game there will be … A.C. Milan vs. Chelsea, on Aug. 3. The second event? A Metallica concert on Aug. 20.
They’ll get around to football on Aug. 28 in a preseason game vs. the Chargers.
All in all the stadium is pretty kick-ass, and has one unique standout — a see-through roof.
Most of the stadium is covered with reflective glass, including the roof, which can be adjusted to clear glass to give fans the feeling of being in an open-air stadium (so says MA Mortensen Construction, which turned over the stadium to the Vikings today). If it’s anything like the sliding glass door to the yard at my house, many birds will perish there. Are there seagulls in Minnesota? Not sure, but they’re going to see food and want in.
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