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NFL’s best stadium named NFL’s best stadium

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In a recent poll done by The Athletic of their NFL writers, the best stadium in the NFL was named the best stadium in the NFL, which is not surprising given that it’s the best stadium in the NFL.

U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of your Minnesota Vikings, garnered the top spot in the poll, narrowly edging out a group of stadiums that are not the best in the NFL.

Seriously, the top five looked like this:

  1. U.S. Bank Stadium
  2. CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
  3. AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
  4. Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
  5. Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)

That’s a pretty nice list to be a part of, to be honest.

Chad Graff of The Athletic said this about the best stadium in the NFL.

“U.S. Bank Stadium has a few features that separate itself from the rest of the pack, even among the newest stadiums. Of course, you’d have to start with the transparent roof, the first of its kind on a North American stadium. From the seats, you can see the downtown skyline through the glass. Many early-arriving fans for the Super Bowl two years ago wore sunglasses, offering an outdoor feel in a state where you usually wouldn’t want to be outdoors in February. (It gets so bright that they had to install curtains for the Final Four.) From the outside, the glass paneling offers cool reflections of both the skyline and the sunset. There’s no overhanging, massive jumbotron that could distract from actually watching the play below, and, importantly, the seats are spacious and comfortable. It’s not perfect, of course. Occasionally, the corridors can feel a bit cramped. But in a time where many of the modern stadiums feel similar, Minnesota’s stands out.”

Personally, I think the best part about U.S. Bank Stadium is the fact that it’s in Minneapolis and not in, say, Los Angeles or San Antonio or wherever else the Vikings were rumored to be moving to during the dark days of the stadium debate. Thanks, Wilf family!

U.S. Bank Stadium didn’t have the most first-place votes in the poll. . .that distinction went to Lambeau Field by a tally of 10-7. But it wasn’t enough to bump the NFL’s best stadium off the top of the list.

Soldier Field, home of the Bears, finished seventh in the Athletic’s poll, while the Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, was down at #19.

So, the Vikings have the best stadium in the National Football League. That’s pretty cool, right?