Reporter Rochelle Olson updates you on the construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Fire trucks at stadium site doing routine review

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: August 19, 2014 - 11:27 AM

No cause for alarm despite all the fire trucks today on the site of the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium.

A downtown commuter checked in after seeing a phalanx of red fire equipment on the site of the $1 billion project.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway said the visit from fire fighters was a routine check-in for the crews to get updated on the lawout of the ever-progressing site.

Even the casual observer would notice the significant changes on the site. A structure is rising from the pit and a massive crawler crane already has begun lifting pieces of steel into place for the roof.

The massive structure will be double the size of the Metrodome, which was torn down for replacement last winter. The new stadium is expected to open for the 2016 NFL season.

Construction crews track the hot spots, where fire is used, on the facility carefully. Permits are required and workers mark on a board when they start the fire and check out when it's extinguished so managers can see what's happening at a glance from the main office.

Fire crews were checking out the site Tuesday just to get a handle of the new layout of the project. Hathaway said it's part of the construction process.

The project is the largest ever in the city of Minneapolis.

The Vikings are playing at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium until their new digs are ready.

Big Vikings stadium crane gets raised and lowered today for tests

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: July 9, 2014 - 10:43 AM

One of the world's biggest cranes will soar in the Minneapolis skyline today.

The Terex CC6800 crawler crane is going to be used to hoist the highest, biggest, tallest pieces of the roof on the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium.

Mortenson Construction announced testing of the crane will occur multiple times throughout the deay, meaning the boom will be raised and lowered. It's not going to be a common sight because once the crane is tested, it will be raised until its work on the site is done.

The crane is laid out east to west. The best views of its movement are on the north and south sides of the construction site, according to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

At full height, the crane is almost 400 feet tall and can lift 1,250 metric tons. The crane will be on the site for 15 months.

The $1 billion stadium is going up on the site of the demolished Metrodome, primarily for use by the Minnesota Vikings. The facility is set to open for the 2016 season.

The big crane's moving in on Monday

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: 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.

Moving on up: Vikings stadium gets more escalators, TVs

Posted by: Rochelle Olson under Super Bowl Updated: June 20, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Six more escalators will be added to the entryway of the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium that is replacing the dearly departed Metrodome.

That will bring the total to 18 escalators in the stadium's main entry point. All told the stadium, on-schedule to open for the 2016 Minnesota Vikings season, will have 33 escalators.

Ease of vertical circulation is critical to stadiums, Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said. Time and again, other teams around the league delivered that message. Notably, Bagley said Indianapolis wished it had installed more escalators.

MSFA executive director Ted Mondale said, "We're going to have a building that we can move food, people, emergency equipment around in a quick manner."

Another addition: 1,180 more televisions, bringing the total to 2,000.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority approved changes to the stadium budget for design consulting issues related to the new items. The Vikings say they're paying the increased cost of $1.3 million. That increases the total project budget to $977 million.

The increased cost covers only design - not the materials, the escalators and televisions themselves. The designers will decide where best to locate the TVs so fans are never miss a Purple play. No decision yet on whether there will be TVs in the restrooms.

The MSFA also discussed potential changes to the stadium related to the 2018 Super Bowl. The discussion is about potentially adding more suites, but no decisions have been made. Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the Vikings will cover the costs.

Changes will also be required for an NCAA basketball Final Four. Kelm-Helgen said four locker rooms rather than two will be needed. The MSFA would pay for those changes.The state is bidding for a 2019 or 2020 Final Four - college basketball's denouement of March Madness.

In other action, M.A. Mortenson Co. provided an update on construction, previewing the arrival of the star attraction of the project: the biggest, tallest crane.

The crane starts rolling onto the site in pieces later this month. It takes 65 truckloads to haul. Assembly is required. The crane will be ready to pick up its first piece of steel on July 31. The biggest piece to be hoisted: 600,000 pounds.

Mortenson senior vice president John Wood reported that 400 people are now working on the site daily. In total, 100,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured. So far, they've poured 17 percent of that, he said.

Wood said that through the end of May, $89 million worth of work has gone into the site in six months even though much of it has been in the hole and not visible to the public. Typically, that amount of work takes two years, he said.

Governor says he has no problem releasing Super Bowl bid

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:38 PM

MPR's Tom Scheck reports Gov. Mark Dayton calls NFL Super Bowl demands "way overboard." He specifically mentions the bowling alleys.

“I don’t think anybody needs free bowling alleys. Anybody who can afford to come to the Super Bowl can afford to pay for their shoes and bowling ball and lane time,” Dayton said. “But again, the perfect is the enemy of the very good and this is a very good deal for Minnesota. It’s going to bring enormous net gain in revenues both to the state and the city.”

The bid committee and others say Super Bowl costs will be covered by millions in private donations. The committee hasn't released the details of the winning bid for the 2018 game submitted to the NFL last month. Dayton says he's got "no problems" making it available. (But he hasn't)

The story:

http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/dayton-nfl-perks-way-overboard-but-necessary/

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