New Vikings stadium gets its first concrete

The Vikings' new stadium is on schedule for opening in July 2016 and took a significant step Friday, getting its first deck of concrete poured.

As logistics continue to be worked out to move the Minnesota Vikings for the next two years to TCF Bank Stadium, the process of constructing the new stadium continues.

With the remnants of the implosion of the Metrodome being removed, the first tangible step in the construction of the yet-to-be-named replacement stadium began Friday. It was a baby step, but like initial baby steps, it's important to those involved.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission announced Friday that the pouring of the new stadium's first deck was completed. The deck will form part of the lid of the loading dock. It was only 277 cubic yards of concrete – a drop in the construction bucket – but it's a start. For trivia buffs, it will be officially recorded as the first horizontal concrete – a term rarely written or read – at the new stadium.

In the coming weeks, those in and around the stadium site will see other changes, including the final pieces of the underground Metrodome structure on the west side of the building being demolished, the pouring of concrete for portions of the main concourse and deck levels, the inclusion of a third tower crane on the site and the excavation for the elevator pits that will be an important part of the new facility – for the both the handicapped and the well-heeled.

Anybody driving by the Metrodome site may not be able to envision the new stadium with the naked eye, but progress is being made and the future is coming – one length of rebar and one deck of concrete at a time.

SATURDAY NOTES

  • When word got out that the Giants were going to work out Josh Freeman, most just assumed it was because starting QB Eli Manning had ankle surgery that would sideline him six weeks and he would be missing the OTAs with the G-Men. But the decision to bring in Freeman seems curious since the Giants got a first-hand look at him in his only start as a Viking, which turned out to be the only game he was allowed to play for the Vikings last year. There must be some concern because the Giants coaching staff saw the same thing the rest of us did – one of the worst quarterback performances in recent memory. It was enough for the Vikings to let Freeman go, yet the Giants are considering bringing him in.

  • From the "For What It's Worth" Department comes this: The Wonderlic Test is supposed be kept private, but rarely is. This year is no different and it was the NFL Network that broke the news – or leaked it against the league's own alleged policy. Johnny Manziel scored a 32 on the Wonderlic, which distanced the other QBs viewed as top prospects – Blake Bortles scored a 28 and Teddy Bridgewater checked in with a score of 20. It's hard to claim Wonderlic scores are private in the NFL when its in-house network takes credit for breaking the news.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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