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U.S. Bank Stadium Will Still Be Loud

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U.S. Bank Stadium, the future home of the Minnesota Vikings, is approximately two-thirds of the way through its construction, and is still on track to be ready when the purple kicks off their 2016 season. It's a groundbreaking venue in a lot of ways, another of which is detailed in USA Today.

A lot of the article is focused on the composition of the stadium itself. Sixty percent of the building will be composed of a substance called Ethylene-tetra-flouro-ethylene, or ETFE (which is a whole hell of a lot easier to spell). It's the clear substance that will allow light to come in much like glass would. The difference, as the article points out, it that ETFE is lighter, cleaner and. . .yes. . .cheaper than regular glass.

U.S. Bank Stadium will be the largest building in the world to incorporate ETFE. Currently, the building that holds that distinction is the "Water Cube," which was constructed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It is also a big part of Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

As far as the acoustics?

ETFE is considered more acoustically reflective than Teflon, so this place could be even louder than the Metrodome.

"We may not know ultimately until our first game, but we believe and have been advised that this building will be loud and bring that home-field advantage we want," Bagley said.

Maybe someone will have jokes about artificial crowd noise, though it's never actually been proven that the Vikings did anything like that.

Regardless, U.S. Bank Stadium will most assuredly be much louder than the NFL stadium in Los Angeles, which a) doesn't exist and b) when it does, won't ever be a place the Vikings call home, no matter how much bottom-feeding jerk Viking haters hope that will someday be the case.

Just your every-so-often reminder that the stadium is going to be awesome, and that the team is going to be in the Twin Cities for at least another thirty or forty years.