In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for a new $975 million multi-purpose stadium to replace the Metrodome. U.S. Bank Stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 NFL season.
U.S. Bank Stadium will seat 65,000 people and could expand to accommodate 72,000 fans during major sporting events. It will include 150 suites, 7,500 club seats, and space for retail, restaurants, and NFL Hall of Fame. The Minnesota Vikings will be required to play in U.S. Bank Stadium for the next 30 years. Additionally, U.S. Bank Stadium will be available 355 days a year for public uses, including high school and amateur sports, cultural celebrations and entertainment events.
Preliminary design and environmental work will begin in fall 2012, and construction is expected to begin in late 2013. The construction of U.S. Bank Stadium will support more than 13,000 jobs, including 7,500 construction jobs. The Minnesota Vikings will play two seasons at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium while the Metrodome is razed to make way for the completion of U.S. Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA)will own and operate U.S. Bank Stadium MSFA is also responsible for the design and construction of the new stadium.