After more than 80,000 hours of working on the Minnesota Vikings’ new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, which will be the headquarters for the Vikings starting in 2018, construction crews hoisted the final piece of steel into position on Wednesday.
That final piece of steel was painted white and signed by Vikings staff and construction workers with a traditional evergreen tree and American flag on it.
More than 1,300 tons of steel were installed at the Eagan headquarters while 2,200 tons were used for the Vikings indoor practice facility. The practice facility stands at a height of 113 feet with a 100-foot clearance to fully accommodate kicking and punting. The roof trusses span 220 feet from north to south and are 12 feet wide at their midpoint.
More than 130 workers are on site daily and, of the 38 subcontractors awarded work thus far, 32 are Minnesota-based.
The TCO Performance Center is scheduled to open in March 2018, about one month after U.S. Bank Stadium hosts its first Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis.