The Vikings are opening a 7,500-square-foot exhibit that will give fans a preview of what the new stadium will look like. With a mock-up of suites and club seats, hi-def TVs and seven interactive kiosks, it is the largest exhibit constructed by an NFL team.
Vikings season ticket holders will get a chance to see all the amenities that will be part of the new stadium later this week when the team and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment open the Stadium Preview Center next to the stadium construction site.
Located on the fifth floor of 1010 South Seventh St. in Minneapolis, the preview center is a 7,500-square foot exhibit designed to give Vikings fans a preview of what to expect on game days when the stadium opens in the summer of 2016. The preview center is the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever constructed by an NFL team. It includes a mock-up of how a suite in the new stadium will look, as well as club section seating, 37 hi-def televisions and seven interactive kiosks. It also includes a 100:1 scale of the stadium and how it will fit into the landscape of the east side of downtown Minneapolis. Videos will include a 360-degree panoramic view of what it will look like inside the stadium with 275 different vantage points.
Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix said that the preview center will give fans a firsthand look at what the new stadium will provide to the Vikings community as well as the surrounding neighborhood.
"We believe the new stadium will provide the premier game day experience in the NFL and this preview center will help bring that into focus for Vikings fans," LaCroix said. "We look forward to welcoming fans to this interactive space throughout the next two-and-a-half years before we open the new home to Vikings football in 2016."
Previews initially will be by appointment only, starting later this week. Season ticket holders are currently being contacted to arrange appointments to give them the first look at what the new stadium will look like.
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John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.