Big crane to help build Vikings stadium

Billed as "one of the largest cranes in the world," construction of the Vikings stadium will get a boost with the arrival of that crane on Monday.

A big crane is coming to help build the Minnesota Vikings new stadium.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction say one of the largest cranes in the world will be used to help build the $1 billion stadium.

The crane will start arriving at the construction site in downtown Minneapolis Monday morning. The crawler crane will arrive in 70 truckloads over 10 days. When assembled, the crane can lift up to 1,250 metric tons.

Assembling the crane's sections will take about 11 days. Once erected, the crane will stand nearly 400 feet high. The crawler tracks are 8.5 feet high.

The crane will be on the site for about 15 months. The new stadium is due to open in 2016.


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