OWATONNA, Minn. - Christian Brothers Cabinets built the solid walnut Viking-boat shaped bar that will be a gathering point for the Founders Club of U.S. Bank Stadium, new home of the Minnesota Vikings football team. The bar carries both the Viking team theme and the construction motif of the stadium's exterior, which was updated to include a matching Viking warship.
According to published reports, the company received a request in March from the Vikings to build the bar.
Owner Doug Meier, in an interview with KEYC News 12, called the request "a once in a lifetime chance" although it was slightly out of the box for the Owatonna, Minnesota company.
The walnut bar took approximately 600 hours to construct and the 8-foot keel, carved from fir by team member Tom Vanbinsbergen, took approximately 120 hours.
Christian Brothers Cabinets recently had an open house in their shop to showcase their handiwork on the unique project. And the bar is expected to installed in the Founders Club of U.S. Bank Stadium in the upcoming week.
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