Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium ‘will top’ Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium


When U.S. Bank stadium is completed and ready for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2016 NFL season, players and fans will have a state of the art facility to enjoy.  And while being modern and accommodating is important, professional football is about one thing: competition.

Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders performs during a timeout from the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings traveled to AT&T stadium in Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.  The famous stadium has earned the nickname “Jerry World” because of how important this stadium is to owner Jerry Jones for creating an entertainment mecca.  AT&T Stadium is considered one of the best in the NFL, if not the best.

However, that designation won’t last too long according to executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley in a recent article on the Pioneer Press website.   While Bagley is very impressed with AT&T Stadium, he believes that U.S. Bank Stadium will be a better facility.

"“This the most incredible stadium in the world, until the Vikings stadium. It’s a great stadium, but ours will top it.”"

Lester Bagley went on to describe some of the things that will make U.S. Bank Stadium stand in a league of its own.

"“I think it’s going to be more intimate and louder (than AT&T Stadium),” Bagley said.  “The engineers tell us it’s more acoustically reflective than the Metrodome (the Vikings’ stadium from 1982-2013), so we think it’s going to be louder.”"

It’s hard to be intimate in a stadium that can expand to hold over 73,000 people.  However, when you look at AT&T Stadium’s maximum capacity of 85,000 with room for 20,000 more standing, that number isn’t nearly as impressive.  Still, the old adage is that bigger is not always better, and that’s something that the Minnesota Vikings are banking on.

"“We’re going to look a little bit at their technology, but we’re always going to look at their game-day experience, game-day activation,” Bagley said. “How you engage your fans on game day. So that’s kind of where we’re focused.”"

Making the best possible experience for people who attend the game is a great goal.  And doing that in a state of the art facility that can hold many other events for the state of Minnesota is an amazing thing as well.  Only time will tell if U.S. Bank Stadium will come close to comparing to the majesty that is AT&T Stadium, but hopefully Vikings fans will get to find out when the doors open for the 2016 season.

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