Vikings’ US Bank Stadium to feature virtual reality space

NFL American football franchise the Minnesota Vikings has revealed details of a new interactive space at its soon-to-be-opened US Bank Stadium home ground.

The 10,000-square foot Vikings Voyage suite will include a virtual reality experience, a radio-frequency identification system and club memorabilia. The space will explore the team’s past and present.

Virtual reality activities will include passing, shuttle run and tackling drills, with fans able to track their scores against other participants by wearing bracelets connected to the radio-frequency system.

Other elements of the space include a full-size Viking ship hull featuring a 27-foot projection screen, and a transparent organic LED uniform interactive, which the club claims marks a first in an NFL stadium. The interactive will serve as a timeline showcasing the changing nature of equipment and materials used by the Vikings over the years.

The space is being designed by Dimensional Innovations and is due to open ahead of the Vikings’ first pre-season game at US Bank Stadium against the San Diego Chargers on August 28.

The 73,000-capacity venue is due to officially open next week, and will host its first sporting event on August 3 when English Premier League football club Chelsea takes on Italian Serie A side AC Milan in a pre-season friendly.

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