U.S. Bank Stadium’s Doors Unlike Any Others

U.S. Bank Stadium’s Doors Unlike Any Others


WAS CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE, U.S BANK STADIUM WILL SOON OPEN. THE DOORS MIGHT NOT BE WHAT THE STADIUM IS MOST KNOWN FOR, BUT MAYBE A SHOULD BE. DAVID McCOY SHOWS US HOW THEY ARE AN ENGINEERING MARVEL. Reporter: SINCE BEGINNING, ALL THE WAY FROM DESIGN THROUGH CONSTRUCTION, U.S BANK STADIUMS CLEAR SEE-THROUGH ROOF HAS BEEN THE HEADLINER, GRABBING ALL THE ATTENTION. WHICH HAS CAUSED THE STADIUM STORES TO SORT OF SLIP UNDER THE RADAR. THAT IS KIND OF INCREDIBLE, BECAUSE ON ANY OTHER STADIUM, THEY WOULD BE THE STAR. YOU HESITATE TO SAY THAT SOMETHING IS UNIQUE, BUT THESE ARE. Reporter: STEPHEN BYRD WROTE THE BOOK ON U.S BANK STADIUM. IT’S OUT IN OCTOBER. HE IS THE RESIDENT EXPERT ON IT. RECENTLY, WHILE COLLECTING MATERIAL, HE GOT THE CHANCE TO WALK THROUGH THOSE MASSIVE GLASS DOORS AHEAD OF JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY ELSE. PASSING THROUGH DOOR LIKE THIS IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED. DOORS ARE ABOUT TRANSITION. FROM LIKE A RIGHT SUNNY DAY LIKE TODAY TO A DARK INTERIOR, THAT’S NOT LIKE WHAT THESE STORES ARE LIKE. YOU DON’T KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. IT’S THE ABSOLUTE ABSENCE OF CONTRAST THAT CONFUSES YOU. Reporter: WHO KNEW THAT A DOOR COULD BE SO EXCITING? WHEN THE VIKINGS WERE LOOKING FOR PUBLIC FUNDING FOR THE STADIUM, RETRACTABLE ROOF WAS RULED OUT OF THE QUESTION. THE REJECTION WAS LITERALLY WRITTEN INTO THE LEGISLATION. THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS ANIMATED, SOMETHING THAT WOULD MOVE. Reporter: ROTATING ON HYDRAULIC PISTONS, THEY ARE THE FIVE LARGEST PIVOTING GLASS DOORS IN THE WORLD. 55 FEET WIDE AND RANGING FROM 75-95 FEET HIGH, CONSISTENT 30,000 FT.2 OF GLASS ATTACHED TO DOORFRAMES MANUFACTURED IN TENNESSEE AND WEIGHING ALTOGETHER 40,000 TONS. ENORMOUS. AND VERY IMPRESSIVE WHEN YOU SEE THEM OPEN. Reporter: READY UNIQUE TO SPORTS STADIUM. THEIR THEY HAVE A BIG SLIDING DOOR AT THE MIAMI MARLINS BALLPARK DESIGNED BY THE SAME COMPANY THAT BUILT THE STORE. THEY HAD NEVER DONE TO THE DOORS LIKE THIS. THEY HAVE DONE SLIDERS. THE COMPANY SAID THEIR FIRST INCLINATION WAS TO RUN AWAY FROM THIS PROJECT. THEY DIDN’T WANTED, IT WAS GOING TO BE TOO MAC HARD. IT WAS TO ALLURING TO TURN DOWN, TUNA BIG OF A CHALLENGE. THE DOORS HAD TO BE BUILT INTO A WALL IN A WAY WHERE THE MEASUREMENTS WERE EXTREMELY PRECISE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO FIT AND IN ORDER FOR THEM TO WORK. SO IT WAS AN ENGINEERING SEAT TO GET THE DOORS IN THERE. Reporter: THE VIKINGS INITIALLY THOUGHT THE NFL MIGHT NEED TO CREATE A NEW POLICY FOR THEIR FIRST IN THE LEAGUE DOORS SIMILAR TO THE ONES FOR OPENING AND CLOSING RETRACTABLE WILL IT — ROOFS. THE LEAGUE SAID THE EXISTING RETRACTABLE — EXISTING RETRACTABLE ROOF POLICY STILL APPLIES. THEY MUST DECIDE WHETHER THE DOORS ARE OPEN OR CLOSE 90 MINUTES BEFORE KICKOFF. AS FOR THE FACTORS GOING INTO THAT DECISION, THE VIKINGS WILL DO TESTING TO DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE DOORS ARE OPEN. ANY WIND OR OTHER IMPACT? I THINK THEY MIGHT HAVE AN EFFECT. CERTAINLY THE ARCHITECTS KNOW THERE’S AN — THERE IS A VENTILATION EFFECT. I SUPPOSE THERE’S A CHANCE THAT MIGHT AFFECT THE GAME, THE FLIGHT OF A FIELD-GOAL KICKER SOMETHING LIKE THAT. Reporter: IF THAT EVER HAPPENS NO DOUBT THE DOORS WILL SURPASS THE ROOF AS THE STADIUM’S MOST FAMOUS FEATURE. THE DOORS ARE A LITTLE UNDERRATED. U.S BANK STADIUM WILL HAVE A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY JULY 22 WITH THREE TOURS TO FOLLOW.

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