The Minnesota Vikings won’t have to wait long to break in TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings open the preseason at home against Oakland this season. Of course, home now means the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium after the Metrodome was dismantled over the winter. The Vikings will play the next two seasons at TCF while they wait for their new stadium to be constructed.
WCCO Radio of Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio and WDIO-TV of Duluth are among top winners in the 2013 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Contest. WCCO won for coverage of the legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota, affordable health care and the search for a 2-year-old western Wisconsin boy found dead in a locked trunk. WCCO also was cited for memories of the Metrodome, sports play-by-play, best newscast and website.
If the Metrodome’s demolition was like a Vikings football game, we’d be in the final few minutes of the last quarter. Anyone who has driven by the facility over the past few weeks has likely noticed the demolition is almost complete. “All we have left is to clear the site of the rubble,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Wednesday that more than 80 percent of the Metrodome will be recycled as part of the ongoing demolition, which will finish up next month and is currently on schedule.
A piece of St. Paul history came down Sunday morning in dramatic fashion. Demolition crews brought down a towering smokestack as part of the ongoing demolition of the Island Station Power plant. After standing over the Mississippi riverfront for more than 90 years, the 280-foot smokestack crumbled in a matter of seconds.
The Minnesota Vikings spent more than a decade campaigning for public funding for a new stadium, finally winning the long, arduous struggle for state approval last spring.
Construction crews took a big step Sunday towards demolishing the Metrodome. Anyone in the downtown area may have heard a loud blast as explosives were used to take down a concrete ring beam inside the Dome.
The last remaining concrete ring beam at the Metrodome is scheduled to be demolished Sunday.
An association representing Minnesota police officers is suing the National Football League over a policy banning handguns in stadiums unless the gun holder is providing security. The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association says this means off-duty officers can’t keep their weapons in stadiums.
Demolition of the Metrodome was put on hold after an unexpected collapse on Monday. Officials say a beam on the top tier of the Dome fell while crews were working on the structure yesterday afternoon.
It’s a milestone week in the demolition of the Metrodome, with crews starting to knock holes in the exterior walls, starting with the northeast corner.
At Target Field or the Xcel Energy Center, Jim Cunningham is always in on the action. He’s been with the Wild since they began and the Twins even longer — 18 years — as a Game Host, entertaining fans and leading contest giveaways.
It’s another milestone in the demolition of the Metrodome. On Sunday, the cables that supported the facility’s famous roof were severed as construction crews set off about a dozen explosive charges.
The Metrodome is now just an active deconstruction site. The dome deflated on Saturday morning, and pieces are being quickly disassembled to make way for the new Vikings stadium.
It’s a bittersweet day for Minnesota Vikings fans as we say goodbye to the Metrodome for good. It was deflation day for the Metrodome’s Teflon roof, and until early Saturday morning there was doubt weather conditions would allow construction crews to get it done.