MINNEAPOLIS -- In addition to all of the 4K monitors, club seats and ribbon scoreboards that $1.1 billion can buy, the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium will have a more cultured amenity.
The Vikings announced Tuesday morning that they will include the works of 34 local artists in U.S. Bank Stadium, featuring everything from oil painting and gun powder stencils to large-scale graffiti and mosaics made from recycled materials. The collection will also include work from Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, who took up pottery as a hobby after his playing career and will contribute a hand-built clay sculpture to the gallery.
The team announced the privately funded collection will include more than 500 artworks, focused on three themes: the Vikings, Minnesota's other sports teams and the history of the region. Seven of the artists selected, from a group of nearly 1,100 submissions, are students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
"The team is always focused on ways to celebrate the community and our fans," Vikings president Mark Wilf said in a statement. "Soliciting and funding this collection of art from Minnesotans is another way to connect with the community in a very unique way that not only Vikings fans, but all stadium users, can enjoy. The partnership also continues the theme of utilizing Minnesota companies and individuals throughout the design and construction of U.S. Bank Stadium."