Reporting Chris Simon
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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Not only Vikings fans are encouraged by the Minnesota Senate’s late night approval of a new Viking’s Stadium.
Construction workers in downtown Minneapolis, near the existing Metrodome, tell WCCO they are confident that the new stadium will bring an employment windfall to the Twin Cities.
“I want all my guys to go back to work! It’s supposed to be union contract work and it has been a long time coming,” said Al Humphrey, a construction worker, working the predawn hours Wednesday, decked out in his yellow vest.
Many are happy all the bickering is near an end and one expressed relief that the Twin Cities will not be left without an NFL franchise.
“I don’t want us to be like Los Angeles, the only major city in the United States without a pro football team,” said John Jersey, a Minneapolis office worker.
It is the prospect of thousands of new jobs that, according to construction experts, could be around for as long as four years, not to mention the new permanent one associated with the finished stadium.
“I am just happy they are finished with all of the drama and bull! We need the stadium, it is going to create a bunch of jobs and we just need it, period,” said Rob Gunderson, a downtown construction worker.