The Minnesota Vikings can move into U.S. Bank Stadium 1½ months early, as the City of Minneapolis issued a certificate of occupancy for the building on Friday.
The majority of the construction has been complete on the building and is in its “final weeks,” according to a press release, with one of the major items left on the to-do list being installing the couches in the Club Purple section of the lower bowl that is unique to the new stadium.
“Today’s early milestone is a testament of true collaboration by thousands of construction workers, hundreds of Minnesota-based businesses, the MSFA, Mortenson, HKS and the Vikings,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “With the incredible work shown by so many individuals, we are growing closer to opening the future home for Vikings football and showcasing the unprecedented game day experience U.S. Bank Stadium will provide.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1673628-access-viking-update-free... The Minnesota State Building Code requires that new buildings must obtain a certificate of occupancy before the building can be occupied. The contracted date for U.S. Bank Stadium’s certificate of occupancy was July 15 according to the project’s construction services agreement.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, who attended organized team activities this week, also toured U.S. Bank Stadium earlier this week.
The Vikings have had several players tour the stadium and walk away impressed.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1669803-subscribe-today-member-be... “It’s awesome. It’s like when Dallas had their new stadium,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said this week. “It’s like Dallas all over again, only a thousand. It’s nice. They did a great job putting that stadium together. I can’t wait until we get in it and play in it. I don’t have to play outside no more in the cold.”
The groundbreaking for U.S. Bank Stadium was on Dec. 3, 2013 and more than 8,000 workers have worked more than four million hours on the project to date. The stadium’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on July 22.
“We are extremely pleased to reach this important milestone ahead of schedule and look forward to the early completion of the stadium in the near future,” John Wood, Senior Vice President at Mortenson Construction, said in a release. “It’s been exciting to see the project progress so well and we are grateful to all the exceptional craftworkers and project partners who have enabled us to get to this point. We will be handing over the keys to this amazing new stadium to the MSFA (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) very soon.”null