Vikings debuting stadium documentary

The Minnesota Vikings will be producing a documentary mini-series on the construction of the new U.S. Bank Stadium with the first episode airing Saturday.

The Vikings’ foray into the entertainment business will take on a new chapter today, as the first in the documentary mini-series “Building A Legacy: U.S. Bank Stadium” will debut at today on KMSP FOX-9.

The first episode will air at 4:30 p.m., with that and future episodes re-aired on Fox Sports North at various times after that.

Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said it will give Vikings fans a unique look at the construction of the iconic stadium and how it came to be from the ground up in the eight-part series.

“We’re incredibly proud of U.S. Bank Stadium and the unprecedented experience it will provide for Vikings fans and all users,” Wilf said. “With less than a year remaining until its opening, we want Vikings fans and the public to have a look behind the scenes and meet some of the individuals working on the largest project in state history.”

The first episode will give a look inside the stadium with head coach Mike Zimmer and a look ahead to the final year of construction on the stadium. Future episodes will include vignettes on the Minnesota companies that are part of the construction of the stadium, the impact of the facility on Minnesota and the “ultimate fan experience” beginning in 2016.

In addition, there will be interviews with key players in the stadium construction, ranging from the Vikings, the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, Mortenson Construction and HKS Architects.

The series will have seven 30-minute episodes that will air every other month, culminating in a hour-long documentary after the first Vikings game is played in the stadium next year.

The new stadium is going a showpiece that history will remember years from now about the days as it rose up on the Minneapolis skyline. The documentary series will put that process on film for the record to reflect – something that perhaps even the harshest stadium critics will watch years from now and perhaps it may end up eventually changing their opinion.

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