Two new stadiums are now standing tall in the United States with the help of ArcelorMittal. The architecture in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was made possible with ArcelorMittal steel. Hundreds of thousands of people will visit these stadiums in the coming years.
Completed in 2016, the 65,000-seat U.S. Bank stadium is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. Operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the stadium will host major sporting competitions – including the 2018 Super Bowl – but also civic, cultural, community and nonprofit events.
The Minneapolis stadium replaces the Metrodome. In its design, architects worked to ensure the new stadium was adapted to Minnesota’s cold temperatures and snow. In 2011, the Metrodome’s roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snowfall, further emphasizing this need. Today, the stadium’s slope – rising 205 feet from grade in the east to 272 feet high in the west – gives the building a unique ability to shed snow. Secondly, the use of translucent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) material allows more sunlight and heat through the roof. This, combined with the natural rise of heat from inside the stadium, helps melt the snow and ice. Diverters redirect it to gutters and collection basins located on the edges of the roof, keeping snow and ice from falling to the ground below. The roof contains more than 3,000 metric tons of HISTAR® high-strength steel (in 65 ksi grade) produced at our Differdange plant in Luxembourg.
Further south, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be home to the Falcons NFL football team and the Atlanta United MLS team.
ArcelorMittal has played a significant role in the construction of this state-of-the-art stadium. Steel plate came from ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor and ArcelorMittal Coatesville, and steel beams were provided by ArcelorMittal International. A total of 22,000 tons of steel will be used in the stadium – nearly three times more than what was used in 1992 to build the Georgia Dome, the previous home of the Falcons. ArcelorMittal steel will be used for the infrastructure of the stadium, as well as the roof structure.
Canam Steel Corp., a Canadian fabricator with locations in Canada and the U.S., was awarded the fabrication contract for the Atlanta Stadium. Over the years, ArcelorMittal has developed a strong relationship with Canam. “This is a prestigious project that will be very visible in the Atlanta region,” said Gary Moffat, account manager, plates, sales and marketing, ArcelorMittal. “It’s another example of the capability of our customer, Canam, to deliver projects that require special engineering and fabrication. Through our partnership with Canam, we also have the opportunity to grow with them.”
“ArcelorMittal employees visiting Atlanta can walk into this stadium and see first-hand how the products we make are used,” added Moffat. “They should feel a sense of pride and ownership in the steel products they make that create these types of structures.”
The $1.2 billion stadium will seat some 71,000 spectators and will open for the start of the 2017 football season.
ArcelorMittal is proud of these two projects and many others that provide innovation and infrastructure in the United States.