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New Vikings Stadium News & Notes - May 15, 2015

Fans Snatch up 1,500 Seats in Last Two Weeks; Approaching 40,000 Seats Committed

Since the seat sales process opened to the public just over two weeks ago on April 30, Vikings fans have already snatched up nearly 1,500 seats. With the strong start, the total seats committed is quickly approaching 40,000, or 80% of the total 49,300 seats with SBLs. To set up your appointment to tour the New Stadium Preview Center and select your seats, visit

Vikings Commit Additional $14 Million to Fund Stadium TV System

As part of today's Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority's (MSFA) board meeting, the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family committed an additional $14 million toward the new stadium, bringing the team's increased private contributions since stadium legislation passed to $89 million and the overall team/private commitment to $566 million.

Nearly $13 million of the total $14 million invested by the Vikings will be directed toward the stadium's television system, including the 2,000+ HDTV monitors that will be displayed throughout the building.

More Than 1,000 Workers on Site

The number of construction workers on site daily has exceeded 1,000 men and women. Mortenson Construction Executive Eric Grenz said that number is expected to peak near 1,200 this summer.

Concrete "Topping Out" Quickly Approaching

This morning Mortenson Construction representatives provided the latest regarding the stadium project, the highlight of which was the fact that structural concrete work is nearing completion. In early June, the stadium's final ring beam concrete will be placed, marking the concrete "topping out." Following that milestone, the remaining concrete work will include slab on metal decks, inner bowl slab on grade, precast stadia steps and topping slabs in the snow gutters. All structural concrete operations will wind down substantially this fall.

Other upcoming milestones include today's erection of the last queen's post truss on the north side of the stadium. That will leave just three of the total 11 queen's post trusses left to be erected, all on the stadium's south side. June will include the erection of the last section of the primary ridge truss and the beginning of the installation of the transparent ETFE roof material on the stadium's south side by Vector Foiltec. By July, the upper bowl precast is scheduled to be complete around the same time the precast work will kick off in the lower bowl. Soon, fixed seats will begin going into place in the upper bowl. The stadium is expected to be fully enclosed by November 1.

Sixth Section of Roof Ridge Truss Placed; One Remains

Earlier this week the sixth of seven total roof ridge truss sections was placed on site, bringing the structure that will ultimately span the entire length of the stadium from east to west one step closer to completion. The seventh and final piece will be erected and bolted into place in June. 

View photos of the new stadium's exterior zinc metal panels being placed on the building's east side, as well as the placement of the stadium's retention system.

What's with All Those Underground Pipes?

If you've recently been by the stadium construction site, you may have noticed the underground work taking place on the site's southeast corner. Currently a large network of underground pipes is being installed; those pipes will ultimately make up the stadium's storm water infiltration system. Snow, ice and rain water that lands in the stadium's snow gutters and throughout the site will be directed into the underground infiltration system before going into the soil.

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