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Local Artists to be Given Opportunity to Impact New Stadium Interior Design

Know a great artist living in Minnesota? In the coming weeks the Vikings are planning to announce a unique opportunity for local artists of all ages to impact the new stadium's interior design. Details are coming soon. 

Former WWE Executive to Manage New Stadium

The MSFA, the Vikings and SMG announced earlier this week that Patrick Talty has been hired as the general manager for the new stadium. Talty joins SMG from the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), where he most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Live Events. In that role he was part of the senior leadership team and was responsible for global touring and event marketing, which included booking and executing more than 420 live events annually while maintaining business operations.

"We were extremely impressed with Patrick's expertise both with live events and with the NFL," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "We look forward to working with him and the SMG team to ensure the best game day experience possible for our fans."

"Vikings Stadium Workers Don't Sweat Below-Zero Temperatures"

Star Tribune's Rochelle Olson reported last week on the process new stadium construction workers follow in order to stay warm and continue work on the site despite the cold Minnesota winters. While workers were forced to shut down for a few days this week due to wind chills of -20 and below, for the most part construction continues regardless of the elements. Ground level heaters and temporary warming shacks, including insulated ice-fishing-style shelters, can be seen on the site, and workers are encouraged to drink and eat much more than they might normally in order to fuel their bodies.

""It's about where you're from," said Dave Mansell, Mortenson Construction's general superintendent on the project. "Guys from the Iron Range will be out there in short sleeves. But we've had a few of those guys from Texas drag up already. … They'll be back. Some people can handle it, some people can't."

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