U.S. Bank Stadium proves to be a fortress from snowfall
By Adam Carlson
After the disaster that happened at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings should be more than pleased with how U.S. Bank Stadium handled a big snowfall.
Minnesota Vikings fans don’t need a great memory to recall when the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome collapsed. It forced the team to move one of their home games to Detroit during the 2010 NFL season and made the Vikings the laughing stock of the NFL for a while.
Now, with a new state-of-the-art stadium ready for the team when the 2016 season kicks off, Minnesota is ready for football, but are they ready for the intense snowfalls that the Minneapolis area can get?
According to an article on the WCCO Minneapolis CBS website, the new roof not only withstood its first big snowstorm of the year, but everything for the drainage and removal of snow from the roof worked properly.
Here is the video of the report from WCCO CBS-Minneapolis:
U.S. Bank Stadium’s 248,000-square-foot roof handled the snow like a champ, sliding it right off the ethylene tetrafluoroethylene surface and right into the drainage pipes. The was a successful first test for the futuristic stadium and is a great sign for the future of the facility.
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The chair of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority was very pleased with how U.S. Bank Stadium was able to handle the snowfall, and was happy to see it tested.
"“We were actually glad to get a pretty heavy, significant snow so we could see how [the roof] performs.” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority.“So there’s an entire snow management system that’s built and has been put in place and is actually working.”"
The Minnesota Vikings will be moving into U.S. Bank Stadium for the 2016 NFL season. It will be quite different for the team to play indoors after two seasons outside at U.S. Bank Stadium, but the team and its officials seem excited for the opportunity to play in the state-of-the-art facility.
Related Story: Seat licenses going fast for Minnesota Vikings games at U.S. Bank Stadium
Stadium builder licenses are still available for fans who want to have first priority at certain seats in U.S. Bank Stadium, but they are going fast. Be sure to visit the official website of the stadium for more information regarding these licenses.