Vikings stadium going with LED lighting

The Vikings’ new stadium will be the first constructed with LED lighting.

When it comes to the weekly announcements of ongoing progress to the completion of the Vikings stadium, the changes to the landscape are bringing mixed reactions.

The Vikings announced Wednesday that the new stadium is going to be installed with LED lighting, making it the first NFL stadium to be constructed with the use of the LED lighting. Some stadiums and arenas have converted to LED lighting, including University of Phoenix Stadium – the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Since they began being installed in large indoor venues in 2012, LED lighting had been hailed by fans, players and facility owners alike because of the improved lighting it provides – more natural, variable and uniform, not to mention being more cost-effective than the standard metal halide-based lighting systems.
Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said that when the ownership group was doing its vetting process prior to finalizing design plans for the Minnesota stadium, it was clear that LED lighting was the only option that made sense.

“From Day One, this stadium has been designed with the fan experience in mind, so it was logical to select an LED lighting solution,” Wilf said. “We selected Ephesus (Lighting Inc.) after careful consideration of the other available options based upon their track record of developing innovative solutions and their ability to meet our requirements for having a positive impact on the fan experience.”

At a time when the realities of the new Vikings stadium are being understood, the aesthetics of mood lighting may be a source of comfort for those who believe that bird genocide is on the horizon.

The new Vikings stadium is a fluid situation that is picking up whitecaps on the surface. Tucked behind the lighting story is the at-odds size of the footprint of the Vikings stadium.

It was also announced that the Fifth and Sixth Streets traffic in the footprint vicinity of the new stadium would be adversely affected. Depending on who you get your intel from, that is either a good thing or the equivalent to Winter Hurricane Juno.

For motorists, it will require a Plan B. For bicyclists, in may be a significant boon for the 200-or-so days a year the yet-to-be-completed Vikings stadium can be used as a safe haven for those who opt to travel by foot power rather than horsepower and the weather abides.

For a labyrinth of reasons, a state-of-the-art stadium is being built on what many felt was the locale of the worst stadium in the NFL. Red McCombs suggested a geographically expandable site near Forest Lake – north of the Twin Cities near the split of I-35. That was shot down. The Wilf family made a case for Arden Hills, a property that sat upon a still-existing government munitions plant site where EPA rules didn’t necessarily apply while it was operational. That prospect took a hit too.

The best and brightest of Minnesota politics and commerce deemed the best place to put a sports showpiece was to have it in the same location that the decaying stadium was at in a confined location.

The announcement of the lighting choice for the new Vikings stadium is, in the big picture of the stadium history, not all that significant. How the stadium will impact the immediate area as the permanent home of the franchise – the Vikings aren’t going anywhere – is yet to be determined.

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