Vikings stadium gets big praise from leading British sports writer

"It is a temple to the state's NFL team, a place its supporters can be proud of, a place that plays on its regional identity," the columnist wrote.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Some of the European fans over for the Ryder Cup in Minnesota last weekend hung around long enough to catch the Vikings beat the Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Among them was Oliver Holt, the chief sports writer for the Daily Mail newspaper, who was so impressed by the stadium that this weekend he dedicated an entire column to it.

He holds the Vikings' new home up as an example of how to get new stadiums right, as opposed to British soccer team West Ham, which has struggled since moving this past summer into the (also partially taxpayer funded) Olympic Stadium in London.

The reason the Vikings got it right, he says, is that it honors the team's past and culture, making sure there was enough familiar about the stadium – such as the new Gjallarhorn and the locally-based food stands – to ensure continuity.

"The Vikings are an example of how to manage a stadium move in precisely the way that West Ham are not," Holt writes. "The Vikings sought continuity in their move. They sought to honour the memory of the past and respect the culture of the team."

"It is a temple to the state's NFL team, a place its supporters can be proud of, a place that plays on its regional identity," he added.

In contrast, he says, West Ham's owners talked about the move to the new stadium in the sense of it being a "rebranding," which he argues makes it seem as though "they're almost embarrassed about their past."

You can read the full piece here.

Next Up

tree

Afton resident offers $1,000 reward after tree girding incident

The "tree girdling" incident involved cutting the bark around the trees, causing them to die.

lightning

NWS watching potential for severe weather Saturday in Minnesota

Storms could fire in South Dakota and Nebraska and develop into Minnesota.

Julie blaha and melisa franzen

MN state auditor, senator hurt in crash with semi-truck Wednesday

They were traveling home from FarmFest at the time of the crash.

Gable Steveson

Gable Steveson is crushing everyone at the Olympics

He has yet to give up a single point to an opponent.

ambulance

At least 2 dead in head-on crash involving passing motorist

The crash happened just before noon Wednesday.

Flickr -  Bank Plaze Nov 2020 - Chad Davis

US Bank employees won't return to downtown Minneapolis office next month

The company, citing COVID's resurgence, has pushed back its office return plans.

Katie Storm Twitter Bally Sports North - Aug 4 2021

MN native Katie Storm returning home for role with Bally Sports North

The St. Cloud State grad had worked for Fox Sports North before leaving for Philadelphia.

Flickr - Wisconsin State Fair cream puff - USDA

Free cream puff for people who get vaccinated at the Wisconsin State Fair

Get a shot, then head over to Cream Puff Pavilion for a free treat.

theodore wirth trailhead

Minneapolis parks now requiring masks in all indoor spaces

Anyone going inside recreation centers, ice arenas, and indoor spaces at pools must put on a mask.

Related

Vikings stadium gets big praise from leading British sports writer

"It is a temple to the state's NFL team, a place its supporters can be proud of, a place that plays on its regional identity," the columnist wrote.

Report: Vikings get their big-name tackle by signing Riley Reiff

Russell Okung is a name to watch when NFL free agency begins at 3 p.m. today.

Report: Vikings get their big-name tackle by signing Riley Reiff

Russell Okung is a name to watch when NFL free agency begins at 3 p.m. today.

Vikings have legit Super Bowl odds next season; ESPN writer picks them

Find out who ESPN thinks the Vikings will play in the Super Bowl next season and what their actual odds are.

Vikings have legit Super Bowl odds next season; ESPN writer picks them

Find out who ESPN thinks the Vikings will play in the Super Bowl next season and what their actual odds are.