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:
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.