The Minnesota Vikings have a new home, and as of today, that home is officially move-in ready.
The team received the Certificate of Occupancy for U.S. Bank Stadium today, meaning that the facility has passed multiple tests and is ready for use. The Certificate comes about six weeks ahead of schedule.
The issuance of the certificate is a major milestone for the largest construction project in Minnesota history. A certificate is only granted after all building inspection agency approvals have been issued, and life safety systems like sprinklers, fire alarms, emergency lighting and generators have been tested.
Other inspections required to be passed before obtaining a certificate include: mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as elevators, escalators and structural systems.
The earlier move-in will allow food and beverage, security, broadcast, audio/video and communications advancements to occur, as well as stocking of furniture and products.
It's probably been awhile since I pointed this out, but this really deals a death blow to the hopes of all the mouth-breathers that were still holding out whatever hope they had left that the Vikings would be leaving Minnesota at any point ever.
They're not. Deal with it.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility is slated for 22 July, just six days before the Minnesota Vikings open up Training Camp for 2016. The first Vikings-related sports contest at the facility will take place on 28 August when the Vikings host the San Diego Chargers in preseason action.