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Vikings to add $7.5M bar, event space to U.S. Bank Stadium

Updated: June 3, 2016 - 3:00 pm

An international soccer match is slated to be the new stadium's first major event.

The Minnesota Vikings want to build a new bar and restaurant in U.S. Bank Stadium — and the team will cover the $7.5 million price tag.

The 17,500-square-foot project, which would be located in the northeast corner of the stadium, features a group of “cabins,” a Lodge Bar and a Truss Bar. The addition will hold about 900 people with about one-third in fixed seats.

The Vikings said the latest addition is a result of high demand for club seating. The team is formulating pricing and plans for the spaces.

“These group spaces will offer even more unique options in which to enjoy Vikings games and other events hosted at U.S. Bank Stadium,” said Steve LaCroix, the team’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, in a statement.

A spokeswoman with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said the addition will include a bar area that will be open to everyone.

The stadium is still on track to be completed in July, in time for its first non-NFL events.

Chelsea and AC Milan will play an International Champions Cup match at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 3, marking the first major event at the $1.1 billion venue, the MSFA announced Tuesday. Country singer Luke Bryan and Metallica are set to perform Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, respectively.

Chelsea, the defending Premier League champion team, and AC Milan out of Italy will play the second International Champions Cup match in Minneapolis. In 2014, Manchester City and Olympiacos played the first International Champions Cup match held in Minnesota, drawing some 35,000 fans.

“We are ready to show U.S. Bank Stadium to the world, and an international soccer match that includes the defending Premier League Champions is an excellent way to do that,” said Vikings owner Mark Wilf in a statement.