I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the first ever Vikings game at US Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings played the San Diego Chargers. I was both amazed and disappointed with the stadium.
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To start off, getting into the stadium was a lot easier than I expected. The security lines, however long, moved quite fast. Upon reaching the gate, I was surprised not to see someone holding a scanner gun in their hand, but instead a sleek high tech pedestal scanner that gave me a friendly green glow when I scanned my ticket, and it all worked flawlessly.
During the years prior to the stadium being completed, I had read online, that one of the new high tech features among many was going to be Wi-Fi. Being excited for this, one of the first things I did upon arriving was connect to it. I was expecting it to be one of those networks that is open, but once you connect to it you end up having to enter your email and agree to some terms and conditions, or even worse, have to pay to use it. I was pleasantly surprised that once I connected to it there was nothing between me and the internet. On top of that, It wasn’t slow. With more than 60,000 people in that building, I was still able to get a 50Mb connection thanks to the 1,300 Wi-Fi access points hiding throughout the stadium, and by hiding, I mean giant panels located in the handrails. The cellular service was also great with antennas located through out the stadium as well.
The food was something different however. Lines were long, and slow. After waiting in line at a pretzel cart for 15 minutes, we were told that they were all sold out, and it was only the beginning of the 2nd quarter. We then found a nacho cart, which after waiting the remainder of the 2nd quarter and halftime, managed to get what I hear is one of the best food items at the stadium. The “Go Big or Go Home” Nachos. The wait was a bit more enjoyable as I could watch the game on one of the hundreds of flat screen TVs located throughout the concourse. The service at the counter was delightful, and the nachos were well worth the wait. Between three of us, it filled us up, and for $20, it’s value per person was actually not that bad, for stadium food at least.
The bathrooms were busy, but there was no wait. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have any troughs, something that any guy who went to the Metrodome would remember, but I got over it.
And for the football game, the Vikings won, which is a good thing. I can’t wait to go back again and see if they have fixed any of the problems that surfaced during the game I attended, and if you get the chance to, I would recommend checking the place out. It’s pretty cool.