•Vikings official Lester Bagley was asked how many entrances U.S. Bank Stadium will have. "We have five entrances plus the skyway, so there are four major gates with the major entry point being the Legacy Entry gate on the west side. That's where we anticipate 60-plus percent of our fans will come in," said Bagley, the team's executive vice president of stadium development. "That's the five glass pivoting doors that open, and we expect most of the people will come from that west side." He added the skyway figures to get more use later in the season and during the playoffs, when the weather gets colder.
•Vikings owner Mark Wilf was asked how the extra money invested in the stadium will be on display when fans get to see the finished product. "I knew it was going to be special but when you see it in reality it's super exciting," said Wilf, also the team president. "The amazing features, the ETFE roof, the large glass pivoting doors, the big scoreboards, all the bells and whistles that we wanted to make sure the fans are going to get really came out extra special."
• Twins General Manager Terry Ryan was asked how he goes about rebuilding a team that could wind up with the worst record in baseball. "We have to make some changes, there's no doubt about that. Now getting out publicly and saying who's going to end up staying and going and so forth, I don't think that's the right thing to do. But it's obvious we have to make some changes here, and I'll have to do that."
•Perhaps it's no surprise that the Vikings and not the Gophers are apparently getting all of the attention when it comes to selling season tickets this football season. While the Vikings are close to selling out U.S. Bank Stadium, the Gophers are down from 23,431 season tickets sold last year at this time to 20,142 at present. The student season-ticket sale to date also is down from 2,330 to 1,619. The Gophers will stage a promotional campaign to try to increase interest in their team.