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

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 24, 2016
Media contacts: 

Alison Aten, MNHS Press, alison.aten@mnhs.org, 651-259-3203
Jeff Anderson, Minnesota Vikings, atandersonj@vikings.nfl.net, 952-828-6570

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

Available for presale today, book is scheduled to be released November 15, 2016

The Minnesota Historical Society Press, in association with the Minnesota Vikings, is publishing an illustrated history of U.S. Bank Stadium. Written by veteran journalist Steve Berg, U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings offers a behind-the-scenes look at Minnesota’s new multi-use stadium and the future home of the Vikings — a must-have for any Vikings fan.

Available for presale today via the VikingsMNHS Press, and online retailers, the book will be released November 15, 2016. The 224-page hardcover book retails for $29.95 and will be available for purchase from the Vikings in late October.

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.

“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,” said MNHS Press Director Pamela McClanahan. “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.”

“We are incredibly proud of U.S. Bank Stadium and the asset it already is for the State of Minnesota, the Minneapolis-St. Paul community and the Minnesota Vikings,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “It was important to capture and tell the entire story around this true public-private partnership that led to Minnesota’s largest construction project and the transformation of East Town.”

The Minnesota History Center, in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, also announces the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibit ever created on America's favorite sport, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be on view September 24, 2016, to January 15, 2017, at the Minnesota History Center.

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