Before 2016 comes to a close, sports fans should take some time to visit some of the newest stadiums in the United States and Canada. Many of these stadiums include luxurious amenities that keep visitors comfortable and make it possible for event promoters to hold diverse activities. If you plan to visit new stadiums this year, make sure these four are on your list.
U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Shortly after demolishing the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 2014, Minneapolis began constructing the U.S. Bank Stadium in the same location. U.S. Bank Stadium replaces the Metrodome as the home of the Minnesota Vikings.
U.S. Bank Stadium has a capacity of 66,665, but it’s expandable to 70,000 seats. This large size makes it possible for the stadium to host a wide range of events, including tournaments, concerts, and monster-truck rallies. The stadium has already secured rights to host the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Final Four.
Rogers Place – Edmonton, Alberta
Rogers Place is one of the most exciting indoor arenas in the Edmonton area. This multi-use structure is the home of the Edmonton Oilers, but it converts quickly to accommodate a wide range of activities, including musical acts and other sports. The stadium can seat 18,641 people for hockey games, 19,500 for basketball games, and up to 20,734 for concerts.
Rogers Place is actually more than just an arena. It’s part of a large development by Oilers owner Daryl Katz that will help revitalize downtown Edmonton. The project includes residential towers, retail space, and restaurants. Research projects that the arena and its related projects will increase the district’s real estate value by millions of dollars.
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California
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Levi’s Stadium opened as the home of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015. The stadium has a normal capacity of 68,500 but is expandable to 75,000 for larger events like the Super Bowl. Interestingly, the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour managed to pack an unexpected 83,000 into the stadium.
One of the most impressive features of Levi’s Stadium is its premium and luxury suites. Guests who reserve suites enjoy a variety of services, including premium parking passes, in-suite catering, and high-definition screens that give a close-up view of every movement on the field.
New Richardson Stadium – Kingston, Ontario
Richardson Memorial Stadium is a field turf football stadium opened in 1971 by Queen’s University. Since then, it has undergone significant renovations to correct structural problems with the bleachers and improve the experience for visitors.
New Richardson Stadium has enough seats to accommodate 8,500 guests. New amenities added during the recent renovation include a new box office, better lighting for night games, VIP boxes, and a new video board and sound system. Although it’s the smallest stadium on this list, it has the kind of charm you can only find on a college campus.
Even if you don’t have time to visit these stadiums by the end of 2016, you can still experience them in 2017. With so many strong amenities, these locations will host plenty of events in the near future.