U.S. Bank Stadium to get permanent security fencing

Stadium authority board to pursue bids to put up new fence in two stages
U.S. Bank Stadium will get new permanent security fencing
U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings Photo credit Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sport

U.S. Bank Stadium will get a new permanent security fence.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board voted Thursday to move forward in receiving bids for the two-phase project to replace chain-link fencing that currently surrounds the more than $1 billion multi-purpose stadium that first opened in 2016.

In a statement, the authority said the goals for erecting a permanent fence are safety, access, and incorporation of public art.

According to board documents, the new fence design will include as many access points to the stadium as are currently in place.

The first phase includes a fence to go around the north, east, and south sides of the building. The west side faces the plaza, and that will be the second side, according to the board.

There is no word on a timetable nor a total cost for the fence.