The Minnesota Vikings announced Nov. 19 the privately funded addition of a Viking longship with a 55-foot-tall video screen as a sail to the team’s new stadium.
Instead of a typical stadium marquee video board, the “Legacy Ship,” complete with its own 2,000-square-foot LED video board, is intended to be a sculptural landmark in U.S. Bank Stadium’s Medtronic Plaza.
The team is funding the mixed-media ship, which will be 43 feet high and have 150 feet of displays featuring historical moments in state history and site directories. The video board will show clips from games inside the stadium and other event information.
The Legacy Ship will have an abstract dragon as a figurehead and will incorporate commemorative “Legacy Bricks” from fans into approximately 3,500 square feet of its deck. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority unveiled the personally engraved bricks this year, which are available for purchase for $160-360. The funds will go toward the stadium’s three-acre plaza.
“The Viking ship located outside the team’s Winter Park training facility has always been a favorite stop for visiting Vikings fans,” said Mark Wilf, the team’s owner, in a statement. “We wanted to recreate the feature in a significantly enhanced way at U.S. Bank Stadium in order to give Vikings fans a new game day ritual and a perfect welcome to their unprecedented game experience.”
RipBang Studios, a division of Minneapolis-based NELSON, designed the ship.
“The addition of the Legacy Ship will be a distinct monument outside U.S. Bank Stadium,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “Similar to several other design features, this landmark will be unlike anything we’ve previously seen with stadiums around the country.”