Vikings Building 800-Person Glass-Walled Bar Outside U.S. Bank Stadium For Game Days
The Vikings are building a "seasonal glass-walled bar between U.S. Bank Stadium and the two-block Downtown Commons park in Minneapolis," according to Jim Hammerand of the MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL. The bar will be "open on game days, serving food and alcohol starting 2.5 hours before home games and closing about two hours after the final whistle." The Vikings Longhouse "will have climate control and wireless internet inside, a stage for live music outside and a beer garden." The 7,700-square-foot bar also is "open to customers without Vikings tickets" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/23). In Minneapolis, Rochelle Olson notes the bar and garden are "adjacent to a family area with kid-friendly games on the Commons," the park outside the new stadium. The aluminum and glass building is "going up on the plaza just in time for Sunday’s first preseason home game" against the Chargers. The bar and garden "will come down after the season." The adjacent alcohol-free family space "aims to entice youngsters with inflatable obstacle courses, football tossing and face painting" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/24).
NOT BUILT IN A DAY: In St. Paul, Ross Raihala noted U.S. Bank Stadium recently hosted Luke Bryan and Metallica, and it "tested the stadium’s limits." The weekend concerts were "far from perfect," as fans "flooded social media with complaints." The "basic laws of science mean the farther you are from the stage, the worse the sound will get." But U.S. Bank Stadium "wasn’t built as a concert venue," as it is "meant for football, and the same factors that make it tricky for live music are likely to make it a thrilling experience on game days." Concertgoers were upset "about long lines at every turn, cramped concourses, a lack of clear signage, and staffers who often seemed as confused as the patrons." Many fans also found it "difficult to figure out how to get to their seats, and some ushers were little help" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/23). ESPN.com's Ben Goessling noted the "biggest source of frustration during the first events at the stadium was with the entry and exit from the stadium, as most fans filed through the pivoting glass doors on the stadium's west side, creating bottlenecks going to and from the light rail platform." The Vikings estimate 75% of fans will enter the stadium "through the glass doors during its first season" (ESPN.com, 8/23).
HONORING A LEGEND: The STAR TRIBUNE's Olson notes the Vikings yesterday honored longtime Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman "with a luncheon," and the media entrance that bears his name. Former Vikings coaches Bud Grant and Jerry Burns, former North Stars GM Lou Nanne, Univ. of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, former Univ. of Minnesota AD Joel Maturi, Twins President Dave St. Peter and T'Wolves President Chris Wright "were in attendance." The entrance includes a mosaic of Hartman "at the microphone for WCCO Radio as well as a wall-sized mural of reproduced newspaper clippings" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/24).