U.S. Bank Stadium
The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings
Author Steve Berg, Foreword by Alan Page
Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 15, 2016)
A behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular new U.S. Bank Stadium— a must-have book for any Vikings fan
In the summer of 2016, the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings football team will unveil a new, state-of-the-art stadium in Minneapolis. More than a monument to football, U.S. Bank Stadium stands as a community space that hosts a range of events and activities, reinvigorating a long-neglected area of downtown.
U.S. Bank Stadium provides a comprehensive inside look at all that went into building the largest construction project in state history—what makes it a distinctive football facility, and what it means for Minnesota. Author Steve Berg describes the complicated and controversial history and path to approval; the various design concepts and innovations; the many phases of construction; the stadium’s place as a civic asset and its statewide legacy; and the full celebration of the facility’s grand opening. The book features profiles of and interviews with the central figures in U.S. Bank Stadium’s development, from architects and engineers to construction workers and groundskeepers, as well as players, fans, and community leaders. The book is heavily illustrated with design drawings and plans; construction photos chronicling everything from groundbreaking to opening day; detailed images of the stadium’s features and amenities; behind-the-scenes shots of the stadium operation; and game-day photos of fans, players, vendors, and more.
Steve Berg is a writer and urban design consultant based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. His clients have included the Metropolitan Council, the Itasca Project, the Urban Land Institute, the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
His primary background is in journalism, first as a reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, then for 30 years as a political correspondent and editorial writer for the Star Tribune, both in Minneapolis and in Washington, D.C. Later, he wrote the Cityscape column for Minnpost.com. His recent projects include “Intersections: The Downtown Minneapolis 2025 Plan,” and two books, Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins, and US Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings.
A native of Fargo, N.D., Berg was educated at the University of North Dakota, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Stanford University. He and his wife, Dixie, have two grown children and live in downtown Minneapolis.
Alan Page played fifteen seasons in the NFL and was a cornerstone of the Minnesota Vikings' legendary "Purple People Eaters" defensive line. He is a member of both the college and professional football halls of fame. From 1993 to 2015, Page served as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the first African American to serve on that court. Page and his wife, Diane, run the Page Education Foundation, which provides financial support to young people of color in Minnesota who want to pursue higher education. The Pages live in Minneapolis.
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- 224 pages
- 200 Color Photos, 10 B&W Photos
- 10.625 x 9.5 inches
- ISBN: 9781681340159