Thursday’s “topping out” ceremony at the new Vikings’ stadium — a traditional thing at a construction project to celebrate the placement of the highest or last steel beam — was partially delayed because of heavy rain. The Vikings made it through that bit of misfortune in pretty good shape … but now they’re dealing with another issue from the event.
Stadium workers were given Vikings stocking caps as a thank-you gift in connection with the ceremony. The only problem? Minnesota was spelled “Minesota,” as you can see in the picture above — which was tweeted out by @abbyferri, who said the cap belongs to a friend of hers.
It was nothing malicious, of course; just one of those unfortunate things that happens, as a Vikings spokesman explained to me — adding that corrected hats are already in the works:
“The knit hats came from an NFL-licensed vendor and were delivered in boxes directly to the construction site for yesterday’s event. As the hats were being distributed, Vikings employees noticed the typo, immediately contacted the retailer and ordered new hats to be delivered and provided to all construction workers as soon as possible. The team also apologized to Mortenson Construction for the mistake. We greatly value the dedication and effort of the entire stadium work force.”