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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - September 18, 2015

View images from Thursday's "topping out" ceremony at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Final Steel Beam Erected Earlier Today

Although weather delayed the final steel beam being erected during yesterday's topping out ceremony, the structural steel was finalized today with the placement of the beam on the stadium roof's south side. Since work on the structural steel began, over 240,000 hours have gone into placing the 11,000 tons of steel.

More impressive than the weight of the steel has been the planning of the project. The final beam was installed 8 days earlier than Superintendent Dave Mansell planned back in December 2012 –before design plans for the stadium were unveiled and before Mortenson Construction was even awarded the project.

To see a recap of yesterday's celebration, click here.

Vikings Additional Contribution Reaches $100 million; Total Team Contribution Stands at $577 million

After the Vikings contributed an additional $2.9 million at today's MSFA board meeting, the total team/private contribution has now reached $577 million. Originally $477 million at the time legislation was signed, the Vikings have contributed an additional $100 million dollars to the state-of-the-art facility. 

The largest piece of today's contribution - $1.85 million - will be directed toward exterior roof lighting, meaning the 467-foot U.S. Bank Stadium sign atop the stadium's north roof can remain visible at all times. The remainder of the $2.9 million will go towards enhanced bathroom wall tiles, work to the officials' locker room, among other items.

U.S. Bank Stadium Nears 75 Percent Completion Mark

By the end of September, U.S. Bank Stadium will have reached the 75 percent completion mark with 10 months remaining on the project. Since work began in December 2013, over $650 million and 2.3 million of the 4 million total craft hours have been completed.  

In addition to the topping out of the structural steel, work continues on the south ETFE roof with zone 1 already completed and work continuing at a rapid pace on zones 2 and 3. Aside from previously planned temporary walls on the west side of the stadium, the stadium will reach complete enclosure in mid-November.

Hennepin County Parking Lot To Be Leased For U.S. Bank Stadium Events

The green light was given earlier today for the MSFA to execute an agreement with Hennepin County to lease a portion of the county's parking lot adjacent to the County Medical Examiner's Office. The 30-year lease will provide nearly one additional acre of space that can be used for music, large gatherings and other Vikings pregame activities.

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