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New Vikings stadium will include 500 works of art

US Bank Stadium, the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, was topped off with its highest beam this week. The Vikings played the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

US Bank Stadium, the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, was topped off with its highest beam this week. The Vikings played the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium opens next year, it will have an art collection that might be the envy of some museums.

U.S. Bank Stadium will feature about 500 artworks, including roughly 200 commissioned paintings, sculptures, digital and installation pieces, plus 300 photos.

The Vikings and the family of the team's owner, Zygi Wilf, are paying for all of the art which is expected to cost "several million" according to Vikings executive Tanya Dreesen.

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The Star Tribune says Vikings artists were picked from more than 1,100 applicants by Sports & The Arts, a California-based company specializing in stadium projects. All projects will be new designs specific to the stadium.