Major Events Coming To Minnesota?
This week was full of news related to the new stadium luring major events to the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. This past Monday, Governor Mark Dayton announced three co-chairs and the formation of a steering committee to oversee the bid process for securing Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. The announcement followed the news from last October - after the Wilf ownership group led the charge in front of NFL owners - that Minnesota was named one of three finalists (Indianapolis, New Orleans) for the big game. Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker, along with U.S. Bank Chairman and CEO Richard Davis and former Chair and CEO of Carlson Companies Marilyn Carlson-Nelson will now be charged with leading the Minnesota bid, which is due April 1, 2014. The final selection for the 2018 Super Bowl will be made during the NFL meetings this May.
“As an organization, we will work incredibly hard to secure the world’s marquee sporting event for Minnesota,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “City and state leaders were extremely collaborative on the new stadium effort, and this community deserves to host a Super Bowl and to receive the significant economic impact that comes with the game.”
Today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated the league’s desire to bring the Super Bowl to as many communities as possible, which also bodes well for Minnesota.
And if the Super Bowl progress wasn’t enough, following Monday’s news conference, the NCAA announced Minnesota as one of eight finalists to host a future Final Four during the years of 2017-2020. The decision on those locations will be made this November. Both announcements are extremely encouraging in terms of how major event planners are viewing the potential of this new stadium.
Cable Charges Set
This Sunday, February 2, the Metrodome roof support cables will be severed, causing the final roof structure to fall to the stadium floor. The process will involve small demolition charges placed on the cables that will be detonated simultaneously. Mortenson Construction expects minimal disturbance in terms of noise, vibration and dust. For comparison, the detonation will have a slightly lower decibel level than the pyrotechnics used following a Vikings touchdown. The only real disturbance will be temporary street and sidewalk closures from 5:30-8:00 a.m., as no public access will be permitted within 250 feet of the Metrodome.
A Look Inside the Dome
Vikings Team Photographer Andy Kenutis had a chance to tour the stadium construction site today and walked away with some great images of the progress. Andy will continue to visit the site moving forward and we’ll do our best to pass along his images.
How Tall Is That Crane?
The first of five tower cranes, each of which will extend 300 feet in the air, was erected this week. Take a look at the crane and the continuing demolition of the Metrodome’s loading dock on the Vikings 24/7 construction web cam.