In just a shade over four months, the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will host its first major event, when soccer clubs A.C. Milan and Chelsea do battle in the International Champions Cup tournament.
Now, regardless of how many folks show up for that contest, they'll all have somewhere to sit down and enjoy the action.
According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, the last of the 64,000 seats in the stadium has been installed, a process that took a total of ten months. The installation process was a bit different at U.S. Bank Stadium than at most venues. While most stadiums have their seats drilled directly into the concrete, the seats at the Vikings' new home are all on a rail system. Such a system will allow seats to be moved closer together (to make room for additional seating) or for seats to be removed.
"We're pleased to complete the installation of the seating at U.S. Bank Stadium. The system is intelligently designed and will offer maximum flexibility for events," Mortenson Construction executive Eric Grenz said in a statement. "The project is on schedule and it is exciting to complete another important milestone in the construction of this amazing facility."
Also, if you haven't seen them before now. . .yes, the seats are purple, which is the only color they should be in this stadium.
We're a few weeks away from finding out what the schedule for the Vikings' first season at U.S. Bank Stadium is going to look like. Fortunately, even after a couple of setbacks, it would appear that everything will be a go when our favorite team takes to the field for the first time.