After years of waiting for the brand new, $1 billion stadium, footballs fans can finally catch a game in the new building. Although the stadium officially opened last season, it wasn’t easy to get tickets to any home game short of paying a fortune. As the second season in the new stadium starts, it’s already apparent that it’s going to be easier and more affordable, to attend the games this year. And with a billion dollar (+) stadium, attending a game at the U.S. Bank Stadium is nothing short of spectacular. From the huge, crystal-clear video boards, to the (finally!!!) short lines for the bathrooms, to the new Vikings Skol chant, checking out a game at the stadium is quite the experience.
Getting to U.S. Bank Stadium
There are parking lots and ramps around U.S. Bank Stadium that will run from $20 – $40 (or more) on game day. Because the stadium is downtown, don’t expect to get in and out of these lots quickly. Traffic is usually pretty heavy, especially if there are other events going on besides the football game. But if you’re looking for convenience, even if it costs you, parking is the way to go.
Minneapolis has Uber and Lyft available and both options will get you to the stadium at a low price. Recently we took a Lyft from Maple Grove to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and it was less than $20. Not a bad deal considering they drop you right off at the stadium entrance and you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to park or fighting the crowds on the light rail.
The light rail is the most affordable way to get to the stadium. For just a few bucks, you get a round trip ticket that can be used within a certain hour time-frame. The main downfall of the light rail is the sheer number of people. The train cars can get crowded (packed even) and can be quite uncomfortable. If you’re planning on taking the light rail, head down to the stadium early and save yourself trouble. And don’t rush out of the game and expect to get on a train. The lines start building up before the game is even over. Consider heading to a bar for a couple drinks and let the lines thin out before you hop back on the light rail – you’ll be glad you did.
Getting into the Stadium
There are entrance doors on all four sides of the stadium, but if you want to experience the HUGE glass pivoting doors (the largest in the world), you’ll need to enter at the front of the stadium.
Fans have to climb a flight of stairs and head over a walkway that avoids the light rail system, and back down to the front of the stadium. From there, security checks bags and turns away anyone with a non-NFL approved bag. Even though the bag policy is written on every ticket, has been covered in the news, and can easily be found online, many people are still unaware. The only bags that can be brought into the stadium include:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand.
Any other bags will not be permitted.
Grab your Miller Lite and head to your seat before kick off because you won’t want to miss the team running onto the field. Players emerge from a Viking ship blowing fire and smoke and run through a tunnel of cheerleaders and bursts of fire. Watch the far of the field for the blowing of the gjallarhorn.
During the Game
Win prizes from the Vikings and Miller Lite by taking a photo and tweeting it with the hashtags #Vikings #ItsMillerTime Prizes include a winter hat, shirt, gloves, koozies, and more. Watch on the big screens for when to participate in the SKOL Chant and for other promotions taking place during the game.
Above all else – have fun! Whether it’s your first game at the U.S. Bank Stadium or your 100th, there’s nothing better than being there to cheer on the Vikings on game day.
Facts and Figures about U.S. Bank Stadium from the Vikings
- Approximately 1.6 million square feet.
- 65,000 seats, including some of the closest in the NFL; expandable to 73,000 for a Super Bowl.
- Up to 125 suites and 7,500 club seats, including suites and clubs at the field level, some of which will put fans closer to the sideline than in any other NFL stadium.
- Seven levels, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl.
- Highest quality HD video boards in the NFL located in both the east and west end zones and video ribbon boards throughout the interior of the seating bowl.
- Over 1,200 HD flat screen televisions throughout the concourse for all fans in attendance to view the game.
- Capability to host more events than any other large stadium in the world, including NFL football and a Super Bowl, MLS soccer, NCAA basketball and baseball, high school sporting events, motocross, concerts, conventions, marching band competitions.
- Access points to the city and stadium site from all four sides of the stadium.
- Large west plaza (over two acres in size) for game day, non-game day and seasonal public gatherings as a connection to the downtown corridor.
- Lightest and most efficient roof structure in the nation for a major new stadium, which will include a single large steel super truss providing primary support for the main long span roof.
- Largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, allowing connection to the outdoors from a climate-controlled environment.
- Largest glass pivoting doors in the world that will open to the west plaza.
- Application for LEED-certified status.
- Parking ramps with skyways from the north and south sides of the stadium and connections from the facility to the downtown skyway system.