11 facts about what's next for the Vikings stadium

12:33 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
Stadium concept by HKS Architects
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It's been anticipated for weeks. Who would build the new Vikings stadium? Officials announced it was Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction Friday.

"They've got established relationships with local subcontractors, they've got a proven track record," said Michele Kelm-Helgen with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

So what's next? We listed below 11 interesting facts about what you can expect in this process.

1. Officials will come up with a blue-print in the next 60 to 90 days.

2. A retractable feature of some kind will be part of that blueprint, but it has to fit within the $975-million budget.

3. Crews are scheduled to break ground in October, but they'll do as much as they can around the area before touching the Metrodome.

4. Construction will last three years.

5. The dome will be torn down in February 2014

6. The last two years of construction the Vikings will be play at TCF Bank Stadium where the U of M football team plays.

7. The "Bank" has to be improved. Crews will put heated coils underneath the field and add about 3500 seats. Finally, they'll work out the logistics of the concessions.

8. The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota have to agree to all of that, which could be completed in 30 days.

9. The new stadium is scheduled to be ready to go by July 2016.

10. The project will take 4.2 million work hours with 7500 local workers making it happen.

11. Officials say it will be the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota.



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