The Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium is set for a major security update after the Minnesota Sport Facilities Authority board approved a project to explore options for building a fence around the perimeter of the facility.
"By entering into an agreement for these professional services, the MSFA intends to further explore specific concepts and estimated costs of a permanent secured perimeter," the MFSA said in a statement. "Goals for the potential perimeter project include enhanced public safety, preservation of public access, and inclusion of public art.”
Lester Bagley, vice president of Public Affairs for the Minnesota Vikings, said the move is part of the MSFA's investment in fan safety.
“It focuses on the security issue, while not losing the great iconic design, and beauty of U.S. Bank Stadium," Bagley said.
Bagley said the Vikings have been in favor of a fence since it was suggested by the Department of Homeland Security back in 2016.
“Things evolve, conversations and work take time," Bagley said. "There is a lot happening at the stadium, but it is time to move this forward, and we are thankful for MSFA doing so."
The project is expected to take about a year to find the right design.
According to the local NBC affiliate, it's still not clear how the fence will be funded.
"It is premature to speculate on the funding aspect for this potential project when we do not yet have an accurate idea of the project cost," Lisa Niess, U.S. Bank Stadium Director of Marketing and Communications said via email.