Groundbreaking for Vikings stadium set for Tuesday

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MINNEAPOLIS - On Tuesday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will officially break ground on the new Vikings stadium.

For many fans it will be bittersweet.

"It's going to be sad for us. I mean exciting, but sad. We'd like to come back and get a piece of something for posterity purposes," Alan Pendleton, a season-ticket holder said about the Metrodome.

For Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of MSFA, it's a day years in the making.

"Tuesday is going to be an important day. It signifies the start of construction. To me it signifies what the project is all about, economic development and business for Minnesota companies and Minnesota workers," Kelm-Helgen said. 

In early 2014, the roof will be deflated and removed. The walls will come down section by section and the new stadium will begin to take shape. If all goes according to plan, the nearly $1 billion stadium will be ready by 2016. 

But even as a new chapter begins memories of the old stadium remain.

"We tried to come to a game a couple years ago and it got snowed out and that's when the roof collapsed," said Jeremy Kyander, a proclaimed lifelong fan.

The Metrodome's calendar is filled for the rest of this year with Rollerdome, Monster Jam, the Hmong New Year, the All-American Bowl and two more Vikings games.

A limited number of free tickets for the groundbreaking are available to the public. Show up at 9 a.m. at gate D for your chance. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.

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