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.
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.