1. Football fans will be protected from the harsh Minnesota winter by the best science has to offer
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  • Football fans will be protected from the harsh Minnesota winter by the best science has to offer

    By Sue Casement, 3M Storyteller

    The Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Some surprising science will be at work protecting football fans flooding into U.S. Bank Stadium in February – though they might not notice it.

      The stadium is the first in the NFL to use ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) polymer to create an outdoor football feel indoors.

    Closeup image of the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene polymer
      Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene polymer

      ETFE is extruded to a clear, lightweight film used on the roof panels. It lends the stadium the best of both worlds – protecting players and fans from the elements while letting in sunlight for an open-air feel. It has only a fraction of the weight of glass, is flexible and has non-stick properties that encourage the snow to slide right off, especially helpful in Minnesota.

      The stadium builders and architects used more than 50 3M products, including graphic films and architectural finishes, throughout the stadium. 3M is the Official Science Partner of the Minnesota Vikings.
       
      “3M is a company that is synonymous with science and innovation in the minds of millions of people around the world,” says Minnesota Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf. “We are thrilled to work with a Minnesota-based global innovator like 3M to enhance the game day experience for fans.”

      Get a closer look at the stadium from the 50-yard line in this Facebook Live video by Forbes.