On October 23, I went on a public tour of Minneapolis’s US Bank Stadium with my classmates. The building opened in 2016 and replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. It also hosts concerts, weddings, proms, soccer matches, and baseball games. The US Bank Stadium had a construction budget of approximately $1.1 billion. In 2010, the Metrodome’s roof collapsed from snow pileup. To combat this, the US Bank Stadium’s roof is tilted at an angle of 23 degrees and the snow melts, slides off the roof, and turns into runoff that enters the parking lot and the water gets dispersed without disturbing the environment. The stadium is also home to the NFL’s 11th largest video screen at 51 feet high and 88 feet wide, measuring at 4,400 square feet and projects at 4K resolution. I loved learning a lot about the logistics of the building and even getting the opportunity to take a picture on the field of the stadium!
I can’t wait to meet Dr. Art Rolnick!
He is a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School for Public Affairs and is conducting research on child development and social policy. His current findings inspired his criticisms of Minnesota investing taxpayers’ money into sports stadiums instead of early education programs and other projects that could directly benefit Minnesotans. His vocal stance on allocation of finances sparked a movement across the state.