The Minnesota Vikings made a big splash last Sunday with their first game in the new US Bank Stadium, a $1 billion, partly-publicly funded stadium that resembles a Viking vessel.
The new football field seats more than 66,600 in downtown Minneapolis where the historic Metrodome used to stand.
ArcelorMittal supplied about 3,000 tons of steel for the glittering stadium. Though Northwest Indiana is just six-and-a-half hours and two states away and though Region steel mills get almost all their iron ore from Minnesota via the Great Lakes, the steel didn’t come from Northwest Indiana.
Instead ArcelorMittal Differdange in Luxembourg provided about 20 percent of the metal needed, or 65 beams that were used as trusses in the soaring glass roof.
“While ArcelorMittal has more than 25 facilities in the US capable of producing a wide array of steel products serving many different markets, there is currently no facility that produces the steel needed for this construction project,” the company stated in a press release. “ArcelorMittal USA, which operates an iron ore mine in Minnesota’s Iron Range, is proud that the ArcelorMittal family was able to provide safe, sustainable steel for this exciting project.”
US Bank Stadium can accommodate up to 73,000 fans, has a distinctive prow at one end, and the largest transparent roof in the United States. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority-owned stadium has more than 7,500 club seats, an NFL Museum and 125 corporate suites.