View images of the snow deflector being installed at the new Vikings stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — Work has recently started on a uniquely Minnesotan element of the new Vikings stadium that is designed to handle winter elements.
A crew has begun installation of a snow deflector system around the perimeter near the roofline. The system is designed to direct the snow that comes off the roof of the enclosed stadium goes into a catchment basin where it will be melted.
The first zinc-clad piece of the deflector system was installed March 19, and more pieces have been installed this week. The pieces are 12 feet tall and range from 30 to 60 feet in length, ranging in weight from 25,000 to 45,000 pounds. Some of the largest pieces that will be installed will approach 100,000 pounds.
A 500-ton mobile crane operated by women-owned and Minnesota-based Vic's has been brought to the site for this part of the project.
The stadium is scheduled for completion in July 2016. Click here to join the new stadium waitlist.