The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings, in collaboration with Mortenson Construction and project associate Thor Construction, have started construction on the new $975m multi-purpose stadium.
The 65,000 seat, 1.7 million square-feet stadium will replace the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis and is scheduled for completion in July of 2016.
MSFA Chair Kelm-Helgen said: "We set out to design a stadium that can accommodate all kinds of events, from high school and collegiate football, soccer and baseball, professional football, to community events, conventions and concerts."
Featuring a transparent roof, the new HKS Sport & Entertainment Group-designed stadium will serve as home for Vikings football, as well as hosting several other events including NCAA tournaments, BCS Championships, a Super Bowl, high school and collegiate sports, conventions, community events and concerts.
Claimed to be the largest construction project in Minnesota history, construction of the new stadium could require approximately 4.3 million work hours, involving 7,500 trades people from 19 diverse trades in addition to several local subcontractors and suppliers.
Work on mass excavation, utilities, and demolition of the Metrodome will be carried out by Ames Construction of Burnsville, together with Frattalone Companies of Little Canada for demolition services.
Veit Companies of Rogers is tasked with construction of the drilled pier foundations, while LeJeune Steel will offer steel fabrication, and Danny’s Construction of Shakopee will be responsible for steel erection for the new stadium.
Container services for excavation and demolition will be provided by Tarraf Construction.
Image: Leaders of the new Minnesota multi-purpose stadium project during the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.