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Lunch Break, 10/21: New Stadium Taking Shape

The new Minnesota Stadium is nearly a quarter of the way complete and yesterday media members had a chance to tour the construction site to get a feel for the new stadium. 

Alex Chhith with the Pioneer Press writes about his visit to the site here:

*Nine months after the Metrodome was taken down to make way for the project, the new stadium is taking shape on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. *

*"A little bit north of a million dollars of work is put in place each day by about a 650-person workforce," said Allen Troshinsky, operations director at Mortenson Construction. "So there is a lot of activity," he said. *

Construction crews so far have placed 55,000 cubic yards of concrete, which is the makeup of the floors, walls and stairs. The concrete work is 50 percent done and will continue into the summer of 2015, Troshinsky said.

*On the east side of the stadium, the outlines of the future club room and a concession stand can be seen. Mechanical and fire systems are being installed in the ceilings and walls. *

*On the south side, workers are finishing the foundational makeup of the stadium. *

*In the north side of the stadium, Mortenson workers are going to put up the "spine" that will support a large part of the stadium. *

*With 13 cranes already on site, planners are adding two more -- one by the end of October and the last in March 2015. *

Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says more than 200 Minnesota companies are part of the project. The 650-person daily workforce is expected to swell to more than 1,100 by next summer.

The stadium is right on schedule and should be ready for the Vikings come the 2016 football season.

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