Opened in 2016, US Bank Stadium is one of the best stadiums in the National Football League. The Minnesota Vikings have a 32-17 regular season record in the building that is shaped like a Vikings ship.
The stadium is one of the most revered places in the city of Minneapolis. It even lights up purple at night.
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On Thursday, the stadium’s governing body, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, approved plans to put a fence around the stadium.
According to a report by local NBC affiliate KARE-11, this is an investment in both fan safety and stadium security.
“In entering into an agreement for these professional services, the MSFA intends to further explore the specific concepts and estimated costs of a permanent secure perimeter,” the MFSA said in a statement. “The goals of the potential perimeter project include improving public safety, preserving public access and including public art.”
Lester Bagley, vice president of public affairs for the Vikings, says the fence is an investment in public safety.
“It focuses on the issue of security, without losing the great iconic design and beauty of US Bank Stadium,” Bagley said.
Installing a fence was first recommended by Homeland Security in 2016 and the Vikings have supported the idea ever since. Finding the plan of the fence will take about a year according to Bagely
As for who will pay the closing? It hasn’t been decided yet. Taxpayers paid $500 million for the project and sticking them with the bill wouldn’t be very nice.
Needless to say, the game day experience will be forever changed once the fence lifts.