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New Vikings Stadium News & Notes - 12/5

View images from the first year's worth of progress on the new Vikings stadium.

One-Year Groundbreaking Anniversary Comes and Goes

This past Wednesday, December 3, the Vikings, the MSFA and Mortenson Construction celebrated the one-year anniversary of new stadium groundbreaking.

"We have hundreds of workers out there and over 200 Minnesota companies involved in this project, so it's very exciting to see the amazing progress," Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said. "But as exciting as these past 12 months have been, between now and July 2016 when this building opens is going to be even better. We have the glass doors coming in in 2015, the ETFE clear roof, all of the great features that our fans have gotten to see in the images are going to come to life in the next year."

To celebrate, the team released a time-lapse video showing the progress to date, as well as a photo gallery and a look at the 10 highlights of the first year of construction.

MSFA Releases New State-of-the-Stadium Update

In an effort to keep the public informed on construction progress, the MSFA has released its most recent "State-of-the-Stadium" update. The document shows that as of October 31, the project was 29% complete with 60% of all concrete poured, including the entire two lower levels of the stadium. Also of note is the fact that 210 Minnesota companies have already contributed to the project and more than 78% of the construction dollars will ultimately go back to Minnesota businesses. In terms of equity goals, currently minorities and women make up 40% and 10%, respectively, of the construction workforce.

Preview Center Surpasses 8,000 Visits

After opening in March, the New Stadium Preview Center has certainly garnered the attention of the fan base. Thus far, nearly 8,000 Season Ticket Members who were grouped into 16 zones based on their Metrodome seats have already visited the 7,500-square foot interactive space.* *Now that all 16 zones have had an opportunity to secure seats in the new home for Vikings football, Season Ticket Member exclusivity is set to end on January 9, 2015. Shortly after, fans who purchased season tickets during the team's first season at TCF Bank Stadium will begin setting appointments to tour the Preview Center. Season Ticket Members within the first 16 zones who have yet to set an appointment can do so here.

Check out conceptual images featuring the MLS / soccer setup at the new Vikings stadium.

New Stadium's Soccer Setup Revealed

Earlier this week Vikings executives unveiled plans in which the new Vikings stadium will become a state-of-the-art venue for soccer. Within the plans was a house reduction system that would implement a stylistic curtain system with soccer specific logos and décor.

See the full story and soccer-specific stadium renderings here.

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Heading to Sunday's Game? Westbound I-94 is Closed in St. Paul

Fans attending this Sunday's Vikings-Jets game at TCF Bank Stadium should be aware that westbound I-94 in St. Paul will be closed between Highway 61 and I-35E all weekend.

An alternate route that MnDOT suggests would be taking westbound I-694 to southbound I-35E or southbound Highway 61 to westbound I-494. The Lafayette Bridge will remain open throughout the weekend but there will be no access from northbound Highway 52 to westbound I-94.* *

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