U.S. Bank Stadium: What You Need to Know to Make It a Great Day

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Many would argue, there’s not a bad seat in the house at U.S. Bank Stadium, and many locals would agree. For anyone who’s ever experienced first-hand a Minnesota Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium, they’ll be eager to tell you how it’s the greatest football stadium ever built. From the state-of-the-art design, to the incredible lighting and impressive video boards, U.S. Bank Stadium is the place to be in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Here’s everything you should know before visiting.

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Where is U.S. Bank Stadium located? 

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U.S. Bank Stadium is located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The address is 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

When was the U.S. Bank Stadium created?

Built on the former site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the indoor stadium officially had its grand opening on July 22, 2016. The Vikings used to play in the Metrodome from 1982 until its closure in 2013 when construction began for the new stadium. During construction the Vikings played the 2014 and 2015 seasons at the open-air Huntington Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Who plays at U.S. Bank Stadium?

The Minnesota Vikings play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the stadium also hosts early season college baseball games of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

What is the capacity of the U.S. Bank Stadium?

The capacity is 66,806 for most games, but can be expanded to 73,000 for soccer, concerts, and special events.

What time do the gates open at U.S. Bank Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium gates will open two hours before kickoff, but if there are special events or concerts at the stadium the time will vary according to each individual event.

How much is the parking at U.S. Bank Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium does not directly manage any public parking areas, although the Mills Fleet Farm parking garage is connected via skyway to the stadium to keep you insulated from the elements while you commute to the game. You can expect to pay between $20 to $40 for parking. You will want to leave early enough to find parking if Mills Fleet Farm’s parking garage is full. 

You can also book a parking spot ahead of time to lessen the stress of trying to find a spot before the game or other event starts.

Can you tailgate at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Yes, you can tailgate at U.S. Bank Stadium. Tailgating for all weekend games opens five hours before kick-off. Tailgating for all weekday games is open three hours before kickoff. We suggest arriving early because parking for tailgating is limited. Tailgating is also only allowed in authorized parking lots and ramps and is for Vikings games only. If there is another event at the stadium, you will need to be authorized by the parking lot operator before tailgating.

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Can you watch warm-ups of the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Before the game, you can watch the football team’s warm-up at U.S. Bank Stadium. You can head down to section 100 and see if you can get an autograph or a picture with the players. 

What can you bring to U.S. Bank Stadium?

Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and are not any larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″ can be brought into the stadium. 

You are not allowed to bring in purses larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, strollers, etc. If you can make it happen, try not to bring any bags into the stadium.

Can you bring food and water to U.S. Bank Stadium?

Outside food and beverages are not permitted, with the exception of one 12 oz factory-sealed plastic bottle of water or medically necessary items. Any other food or beverages must be purchased once inside the stadium.

Is U.S. Bank Stadium cashless? 

U.S. Bank Stadium is now cashless and accepts all major credit cards as payment. You must use credit or debit cards to pay for food, beverages, and merchandise. 

How much is a suite at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Suites cost between $5,000-$35,000 depending on the event and game. Guests will also receive VIP parking passes. Inside the luxury suite is a private restroom, upscale furnishing, and HDTVs. Premium in-suite catering options are available to purchase in advance.

  • Loft suites are located on the sidelines of U.S. Bank Stadium and will include 18 tickets.
  • Norseman Suites are located just 36 rows from the field and offer some of the best vantage points to watch Vikings football and will include 10 tickets.
  • Turf suites are located at field level on the Vikings side of the field, with players on the Vikings bench often just feet away. These suites can accommodate groups of up to 24 guests. 
  • The Mini-Turf Suites are located directly behind the Vikings bench and closest to the action. To enter the suite, you must pass through the Delta Sky360 Club, the same club where the Vikings players enter and exit the playing field. 
  • Touchdown suites are located at each end zone of the U.S. Bank Stadium. They will include up to 24 tickets.
  • Cabin Suites at U.S. Bank Stadium are located along the visitor’s sideline northeast corner of the stadium. The cabin can hold a maximum of 50 guests. 

What is there to eat at U.S. Bank Stadium?

There are some delicious spots to eat at U.S. Bank Stadium. We have listed locations where you can grab a bite to eat before or during the game. 

  • Classic Stadium Food: Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries, nachos, pizza, brats, water, peanuts, beer, soda, and more can be found all around the stadium.
  • Cheese Steak: Get the classic Philly cheesesteak with meat, cheese, onions, peppers, and more in sections 122, 304, and 344.
  • Nashville Coop: Nashville Hot chicken sandwiches out in FMP Club.
  • Prairie Dogs: A hot dog with potato chips, mustard, jam, and more is out in section 122.
  • Revival: Tennessee hot chicken sandwich out in section 11.
  • Be Graceful Cafe: Falafel pita, impossible sloppy joe, Portobello French dip, and more.
  • Heritage Tea House and Wings: Wings and sweet potato fry dishes.
  • Parlour Bar: Serving up double cheeseburgers and more in the Polaris Club.
  • Twin Cities Foodies Stand: Caribbean jerk bacon sandwiches and smoky chicken nachos out in section 101.
  • Ike’s Carving: Tenderloin sandwiches with chips out in sections 119 and 329.

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Places to stay near U.S. Bank Stadium

If you’re traveling to the Vikings stadium from far away, try booking a night at one of these hotels so you don’t have to make the drive after the game.

Is U.S. Bank stadium covered?

The U.S. Bank stadium is enclosed, and uses the nation’s largest ETFE roof and pivoting glass doors, making the roof look like it’s not even there. This new roof was created after the older Metrodrome collapsed under over a foot of snow.

Is U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota heated?

Through the usage of natural daylight and heating/cooling benefits through the ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) roof structure, you will have no problem staying warm or cool in this eco-friendly stadium.

How much is beer at U.S. Bank Stadium?

The robust selection of domestic and craft beers starts in the $9 range, while single mixed drinks will begin at $12.

The U.S. Bank stadium is one of the newest and nicest stadiums in the NFL. If you happen to be out in Minneapolis during football season, I suggest you go and try to watch a game.

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