Commercial Architecture February 2018 - 32
lighting & electrical
Stadium Supports More Than The Team
The video board at U.S. Bank Stadium uses structural
thermal breaks to keep up with the heat of the game.
.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, home of the NFL's
angles and slopes shed and disperse high volumes of Minne-
Minnesota Vikings, opened in 2016 seating 66,200,
apolis' snow, while its transparent façade provides spectacular
and wows visitors with its striking asymmetrical
views of the city's skyline to visitors inside the stadium and
shape, transparent roof, acres of glass, 95-ft.-high pivoting
of the action within the stadium for visitors standing outside.
glass doors, and enormous asymmetrical video board-a stun-
The city and the team wanted the stadium to foster a sense of
ning departure from the current-day idiom of sports stadi-
community among residents, visitors, and football fans.
ums. The NFL selected the stadium as the site for Super Bowl
Supporting the unconventionally large (3,000 sq. ft.) and
LII in February 2018. Beyond aesthetics, the stadium's sharp
heavy video board in its sub-zero exterior environment, are
COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE
Standing 53-ft.-high at its left corner, the trapezoidal-shaped external video board complements U.S. Bank
Stadium's irregular shape and acres of glass. Installing
structural thermal breaks where each support penetrates
the insulated building envelope minimizes heat loss
through its cantilevered steel-support structure.
Inset. Schöck Isokorb Type S22 structural thermal break
is a load-bearing thermal-insulation element for steel
structures consisting of insulation foam held under compression with bolted stainless-steel rods between two