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US Bank Stadium in 2020 an Experiment with a lot of Potential

US Bank Stadium

When the NCAA announced where the 2019-22 wrestling national tournaments would be for each division, the 2020 site in Minneapolis, Minnesota caught the eye of many. While the city itself is not a big surprise, the venue will be something new. US Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, will become the largest venue ever to host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. With a seating capacity over 65,000 in football configuration, there were immediate concerns from some fans about how far they might be from the action. There were fears of a setup like the artists rendering of a potential Final Four setup for 2019, seen here, with the wrestling mats where the basketball court is and most fans a long way from the action.

Hearing these concerns, I reached out to Anthony Holman at the NCAA and Minnesota Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom McGinnis, who was a part of the group that worked on the bid to bring the tournament to Minneapolis, to see what their plans were in that regard.

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