U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Reaches 85% Completion Mark
During today's MSFA board meeting, Mortenson Construction provided announced U.S. Bank Stadium is just 15% away from being complete. At the end of November, over $700 million worth of work had been put into the future home of the Vikings.
A few weeks ago, the stadium was completely enclosed with temporary walls on the west side to ensure that interior progress could be made throughout the winter months. While work is taking place on the inside, construction continues along the exterior where the west wall is being glazed. Along that side of the building, the structural steel of the world's five largest pivoting doors is in place, as is the hydraulic system that will allow the doors to open in 10 minutes.
On the inside of the building, club seating and concessions are taking shape. Of the five retractable seating elements that make up the lower bowl on the north side, one is complete and another is in progress. On the interior's east side, the Daktronics scoreboard – which uses state-of-the-art LED technology – is nearly finished.
Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium Rent – Largest in NFL – Set to Start in 2016
Also at this morning's monthly meeting, the MSFA outlined their 2016 operating budget, which includes the Vikings prorated rent for the calendar year. The $5.46 million dollars that the Vikings will pay to use the facility beginning in the summer does not reflect the full amount that the team will pay beginning in 2017. As part of the use agreement, the Vikings will contribute $8.5 million annually, the highest rent among all NFL teams.
Minority Workforce Exceeds 1 Million Work Hours at U.S. Bank Stadium
When the largest public works project in the state of Minnesota started, goals and plans were put in place to ensure that a workforce equity was being met. To go along with the minority workforce goal of 32% being exceeded, minority workers have now contributed over 1 million of the 2.7 million work hours to date in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. With 1,300 workers currently on site daily, that number will continue to rise as minorities have steadily made up 36% of the total workforce.
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