New stadiums come with all the bells and whistles necessary to please a fan base ready to believe this is the year their team makes it. This is true of the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Opening in 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium has a capacity to hold up to 73,000 fans. The uniqueness of the stadium comes in the translucent design. Whereas many major stadiums began building retractable roofs to accommodate varying weather conditions, U.S. Bank Stadium is fully translucent (60% Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene - clear plastic) allowing for protection against cold weather and rain elements. It is also the largest ceiling of its kind spanning 240,000 square feet.
The NCAA Final Four basketball tournament will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019. So what happens when you take a predominately indoor sport and bring it outside to the masses? You find a darkening solution to make it possible.
Chicago Flyhouse was one of two companies selected by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to darken the stadium for the event. Flyhouse will focus its efforts on the glass windows and the doors of the entire stadium.
A recent Wall Street Journal article provides some insight into the process of what it takes to host Final Four games in an outdoor venue.