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

First dump of concrete comes on loading dock this week

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 9, 2014 - 12:00 PM

It won't get much deeper than this. The site of the former Metrodome is now a giant hole of dirt awaiting its future as the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium. (With the Minnesota Vikings as the primary tenant.)

On Friday, the hole takes its first dump of a horizontal pouring of concrete. The concrete will form the lid of the loading docking.

Next week, comes a major dump: the pouring of the stadium's main concrete concourse.

The new stadium is set to open in 2016. Until then, it's a constantly evolving project with progress visible from the street..

The entire downtown east area of Minneapolis currently seems to be in teardown mode. Along with the new stadium, two parking lots formerly owned by the Star Tribune are being ripped up.

Job fair for new Vikings stadium Thursday

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 3, 2014 - 10:51 AM

"We're building a new stadium. You're invited to help."

That's the headline on a pamphlet for a job fair today (Thursday) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. in south Minneapolis.

Everyone is welcome, but the construction of the new Minnnesota Multipurpose Stadium also needs to meet goals for hiring women, minorities and veterans as well as residents of certain inner city neighborhoods.

Job candidates don't need to be fully trained already. The MSFA is recruiting people who are already skilled in the trades AND those who want to get training "in only 20 weeks."

The new $1 billion stadium is expected to open in 2016. Some 7,500 workers will be onsite over the life of the construction.

The Metrodome already has been torn down.

For more information call 612-377-0150 or visit www.saoic.org and click EAD (Employment Assistance Firm.) Summit OIC Academy is coordinating recruitment.

Biz Journal: Bizarre Foods Zimmern signs deal for new stadium

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: March 20, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Let's just hope the food doesn't crawl off the paper plate.

Andrew Zimmern has eaten all sorts of creepy crawlies as the host of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" show.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports that now he will help Aramark develop the eats for the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium currently under construction on the Metrodome site.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2014/03/20/andrew-zimmern-vikings-stadium-tcf-bank-food.html

Deadline day for would-be stadium operators

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: March 20, 2014 - 1:52 PM

The time is now for companies interested in managing the daily operations of the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium.

The MMPS isn't expected to open until the summer of 2016, but the requests for qualifications are due to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Thursday.

The authority will go into a closed-door executive session Friday to discuss the submissions. The private negotiatons are expected to take a while and won't be public until the ink goes on a contract.

The Minnesota Vikings will be the primary tenant of the MMPS. The Purple along with the authority will decide who to hire as the stadium's operator. The authority will contract with the operator. Got it?

Cost parameters aren't publicly available.

The MMPS operator is responsible for game-day staffing, maintenance operations and marketing of big events. Not exactly exciting stuff from an outside perspective, but critical to a well-run MMPS, no doubt.

On the most important subject of food: Aramark already has the contract to run the concessions.

Other than fried cheese (a Packers joke), what would you like to see on the menu in the new MMPS?

80 percent of Metrodome will be recycled, officials say

Posted by: Rochelle Olson under Vikings quarterbacks Updated: March 19, 2014 - 10:18 AM

The Metrodome is coming down and the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium is going up on schedule.

That's the message Wednesday morning from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA).

Some 80 percent of the Metrodome won't be going away; it's getting recycled. The material will be reused "elsewhere," according to MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.

She says the demolition will be "substantially complete" by the end of April.

Contemporaneously, the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium is going up on schedule, according to the news release that calls the coming $1 billion facility by the handle "the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium."

For number lovers, some details:

Excavation is almost 50 perent complete. More than 400,000 cubic yards have been removed from the site.

Almost 15 percent of the pillars have been installed for the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium. (Yes, the new stadium is going up as the old is coming down and if you haven't driven past lately, now is a good time. Try not to gawk during rush hour. The roads around the Dome are already tricky enough without unwarranted stopping. Be careful, please.)

3 percent of the concrete going into the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium has been poured already.

The new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium is expected to open in 2016. It will have 65,000 seats. No word yet on who will be the starting quarterback.

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