Vikings to feature a 'Legacy Ship' outside new stadium

The Vikings announced a sweet addition to their fancy, new stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings announced the addition of a "Legacy Ship" to Medtronic Plaza at U.S. Bank Stadium on their official website this week. The ship, which has a built-in video board, is supposed to serve as a "sculptural landmark" for the NFL's newest, state-of-the-art venue.

The Vikings' website described the ship's appearance:

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Inspired by legendary Viking ships and designed to honor local ancestry, the Legacy Ship will incorporate contemporary metals, stone, concrete and wood and will include landscaping, theatrical lighting, sounds and smoke effects. A 2,000 square-foot curved LED video board standing 55 feet tall will serve as the ship's sail, while the ship's figurehead, an abstract dragon with Norse iconography, will top out at 43 feet high and will interact with events inside the stadium. The Legacy Ship will include seating and stainless steel railings, along with 150 linear feet of displays, including a timeline exhibit featuring historical Minnesota moments and site directories to aid in wayfinding. Making the ship even more unique will be the incorporation of thousands of fan commemorative "Legacy Bricks" that will occupy approximately 3,500 square feet of the ship's deck.

The idea for a ship at the stadium stems from the one Minnesota has at the team's training facility.

"The Viking ship located outside the team's Winter Park training facility has always been a favorite stop for visiting Vikings fans," Vikings owner Mark Wilf said, via the team's official website. "We wanted to recreate the feature in a significantly enhanced way at U.S. Bank Stadium in order to give Vikings fans a new game day ritual and a perfect welcome to their unprecedented game experience."

The Vikings, who currently share the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, are expected to move into their new home for the 2016 season.