US Bank Stadium hosting public open house in July

Installing seats in section 349
Workers install two rows of seats in section 349 of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

The public will get to take a look inside the new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium this summer.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says people are welcome to walk through the Vikings' new home on the east side of downtown Minneapolis July 23 and 24.

Formal tours are not planned, but there will be food and family activities on the plaza and fans will have access to the new concourse.

Visitors will be able to see the field, the 65,000 seats and take in some of the luxury amenities that the Metrodome didn't have.

The open house is planned just a few weeks before events start in the stadium. Luke Bryan will perform Aug. 19 and Metallica takes the stage Aug. 20.

An International Cup soccer match will be the first sporting event on Aug. 3. That was scheduled when the Vikings were still trying to secure a place as a Major League Soccer venue before team owners and investors settled on a location in St. Paul.

The Vikings start their home preseason schedule with a game against San Diego on Aug. 28.

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