New Vikings Stadium News & Notes – April 18, 2014

Vikings Increase Private Contribution Again

Today the Vikings agreed to fund an additional $1.2 million toward the new stadium in order to guarantee the larger west end zone video board (120×68 feet), as well as video screens in the building’s Fire and Ice Clubs. The contribution is over and above the team’s previous additional commitment last November, when Vikings ownership chose to guarantee an additional $41.4 million to ensure the stadium’s iconic design and multiple fan amenities. That original $41.4 million included a contingency guarantee of $26.4 million and absorption of $15 million in costs of playing at TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

MLS Update

As the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported earlier this week, Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley told a contingent of business leaders that the Vikings are “stepping up” conversations with Major League Soccer about securing a franchise for the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. Bagley informed the Minnesota Association for Corporate Growth that the Vikings and stadium architects from HKS are also discussing a “house-reduction mechanism” to reduce the new stadium’s seating capacity from just over 65,000 to somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 seats. The Vikings will continue their efforts to bring an MLS franchise to the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. More information on these developments will follow on

Mortenson’s Construction Update

According to Mortenson Construction, the work force on the stadium construction site has swelled to nearly 300 workers per day, a number that will continue to increase substantially over the next several months now that the demolition work is complete. Along with the finalized demo, mass excavation work will be substantially completed by the end of this month, meaning nearly 850,000 cubic yards of dirt will have been removed from the site. Additionally, one-third of the deep foundation work is now done, and 5% of the concrete work has also been completed. Several elevated concrete slabs are slated to be poured in the coming weeks. A third tower crane is scheduled to be erected in the next few days, with a fourth and fifth set for May and June respectively. As always, to view the progress, check out the new stadium web cam.

Metrodome Demolition Completed Ahead of Schedule

Yesterday, St. Paul-based Frattalone Companies completed its Metrodome demolition duties, hauling away the former stadium’s final debris just after 1:00 p.m. With an original projected completion date of May 15, 2014, Frattalone finished over four weeks ahead of schedule and needed just over 12 weeks from the Metrodome’s final roof deflation to complete the demolition.

Demolition Activities:

  • Metrodome roof deflation– January 18, 2014
  • Roof support cables severed– February 2, 2014
  • Beginning of stadium structural demolition– February 10, 2014
  • Ring beam implosion– February 23, 2014
  • Substantial completion of demolition– April 16, 2014
  • Stadium structural demolition duration– 9.5 weeks
  • Specified demolition completion date– May 15, 2014
  • Demolition completed ahead of schedule– 4 weeks

Demolition Facts:

  • 4,910 truckloads of debris were hauled from the site
  • 15,800 hours were logged by Frattalone Companies for demolition activities
  • More than 80% of the Metrodome will be recycled, including steel and concrete
  • 120 tons of cast iron and 75 tons of high density polyethylene were recycled from seats not sold to fans
  • Recycled metals include:
  • 4,500 tons of structural steel have been reclaimed and are being prepped for recycling off-site
  • 25 tons of precious metals have been recycled
  • 300 tons of roof cables have been recycled

While it took just over three months from power-off to demolition completion, this 60-second time-lapse video speeds up the process for you.

TCF Bank Stadium Turf Removed

In case you missed it, on Monday the University of Minnesota and Mortenson Construction began removing the field turf at TCF Bank Stadium in preparation to replace it with a hydronic heated field that will ensure a safe playing surface for Vikings games in 2014 and 2015. Along with the field replacement, all of the stadium modifications are scheduled to be completed this summer. Season tickets for the 2014 Vikings season at the University of Minnesota are now available.

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