As one would imagine, the construction and digging of the footprint of the new stadium began while the Vikings were still playing in the Metrodome. It was on Dec. 3, 2013 the groundbreaking took place for the Vikings, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction. A lot has been accomplished in those 12 months.
According to MSFA documents proclaiming the achievements of the project, more than 200 Minnesota companies have been involved in the project, which represents 78 percent of the total construction to date. Workers have provided 613,000 work hours and have the project on schedule for completion.
Anyone who has driven by the stadium or watched the time-lapse images of the stadium progress, it’s clear that we’ve come a long way since men in suits and unnatural looking hard hats with golden shovels moved five pounds of dirt. A lot has happened since then.
With 60 percent of the concrete poured, the final product that will rise on the Minneapolis skyline has made enough believers that, before it has even been completed, it has locked down being the venue for the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 Final Four NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
As the Vikings get ready for the Jets Sunday, it seems like a long time since they’ve been displaced from their home of more than 30 years. It seems like a long time until they will return to their permanent home. But a year after men with $200 ties slide ceremonials shovels into pre-prepared ground, the gap in between the move out and the move back is getting closer all the time.