GRIDIRON GLORY: MNHS Press Book

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 10, 2016
Media contacts: 

Alison Aten, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 651-259-3203, alison.aten@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

GRIDIRON GLORY: MNHS Press Book

Minnesota Historical Society Press to Publish Book on U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Historical Society Press, in association with the Minnesota Vikings, is publishing an illustrated history of Minneapolis’s new downtown stadium. Written by veteran journalist Steve Berg, the book offers a behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Bank Stadium, accompanied by more than 200 color photos and illustrations.

The book, U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings, will be released November 15, 2016, and will include photos from the Vikings’ preseason games and the 2016 season opener.

The book will be available for purchase from the Minnesota Vikings in late October and is available for presale via the Vikings, MNHS Press, and online retailers. The 224-page hardcover book retails for $29.95.

In the summer of 2016, the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings 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 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 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.

MNHS Press Director Pamela McClanahan notes, “The stadium is an important part of our Twin Cities’ shared history, not only for the many sports and music fans who will celebrate it but for all those interested in how major public projects like this come together and get built. Author Steve Berg, who also wrote the book on Target Field, is a talented, veteran journalist who tells the complete story of the stadium process.”

U.S. Bank Stadium complements the nationally touring Gridiron Glory exhibit opening at the Minnesota History Center on September 24, 2016.

About the author
Steve Berg is a freelance writer who spent more than three decades as a reporter and editorial writer for the Star Tribune. He is the author of Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins.

About MNHS Press
The Minnesota Historical Society Press is a leading publisher of the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The Press advances research, supports education, serves the local community, and expands the reputation of the MNHS through the publication of books and e-products, the Minnesota History journal, and the free, digital encyclopedia, MNopedia.