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The big crane's moving in on Monday

  • Blog Post by: Rochelle Olson
  • June 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The franchise player in the stadium construction show rolls in to Minneapolis on Monday.

One of the largest cranes in the world begins arriving Monday morning on the construction site of the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium, aka the new Vikings stadium.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction are planning a news conference at 10 a.m. to herald the arrival of the Terex Demag CC 6800 crawler crane.

The crane won't be fully erect for a while. It takes 70 truckloads and 10 days to deliver the crane's parts. Then it takes 11 days to assemble and erect the crane.

Once erect, the crane will be 400 feet high.

The crawler tracks on the crane are 8.5 feet high. The CC 6800 requires a counter weight of more than 1 million pounds.

Don't worry if you've got vacation plans, you won't miss the crane. It's going to be used to erect the roof truss structure and will be on the site for 15 months.

The crane will also provide some more perspective on the size of the new stadium. The stadium's *lowest* point is the height of the cranes already on the stadium site.

The big crane starts arriving at the 11th Av. S. construction entrance.

The new stadium cost $1 billion and is expected to open for the 2016 Minnesota Vikings season.

The stadium will host the 2018 Super Bowl. No word yet whether the Vikings will play.

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