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Will Downtown East Flourish From $1B Vikings Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is just one year away from completion. And supporters of the $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium made a lot of development promises to get it built. But did they deliver?

07/17/2015

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Vikings Stadium Board Treasurer Duane Benson Resigns

Treasurer of the Viking stadium board, Duane Benson, has resigned, according to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Benson announced his resignation at the end of a regularly scheduled meeting Friday.

06/19/2015

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Vikings Stadium: Roof Truss Connected, Last Concrete Poured

Construction of the new Vikings stadium hit several key milestones this week. With just over a year to go before construction is completed, several new features are starting to take shape. The roof truss that will support the entire roof of the stadium has been connected.

06/05/2015

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Trio Of Major Events Brings Sports Debate Back To Capitol

A trifecta of major sporting events — the Ryder Cup, the Final Four and the biggest prize of all, a Super Bowl — are headed to Minnesota in coming years, all of them certain to shower the state with global attention and pull in tens of thousands of visitors.

03/15/2015

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Minneapolis Makes Final Bid For Final Four

Minneapolis made its final pitch Tuesday to host an upcoming NCAA Final Four. The steering committee for Minneapolis’ bid made a one-hour presentation to the NCAA men’s basketball committee in Indianapolis. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen told the Star Tribune the group’s presentation “went off flawlessly.”

11/11/2014

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Reality Check: The Cost Of The Mpls. Super Bowl

Minnesota’s 2018 Super Bowl bid committee promised more than a great party. The state pledged to pick up a super tab, too. We may never know all of the details about Minnesota’s Super Bowl bid. Under state law, it’s private.

05/23/2014

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Minneapolis Super Bowl May Seek More Tax Breaks

Gov. Mark Dayton and other officials said Wednesday that they’ll probably ask the Legislature for more tax breaks to sweeten the 2018 Super Bowl for fans now that the NFL has awarded the big game to Minneapolis.

05/21/2014

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Vikes Stadium Created With Super Bowl In Mind

Construction on the future Vikings stadium may be still in its infancy, but Stadium Project Director Allen Troshinsky says he and his crew have a new reason to be proud of their work. “It’s just peaking above the street level now, so passersbys are able to see some of the progress,” Troshinsky said.

05/20/2014

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05/07/2014

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Good Question: What’s Happening To All Of That Metrodome Debris?

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.

03/19/2014

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NFL Wants Tax Breaks For Minneapolis Super Bowl Bid

Minnesota taxpayers might have thought the Vikings stadium debate was behind them, but there may be another controversy brewing.

02/20/2014

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Vikings Detail New Minn. Stadium Seating Fees

The Minnesota Vikings and the authority overseeing the team’s new stadium are ready to provide more detail about the seat licenses that will be required for many of the building’s 65,000 seats.

02/07/2014

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Minneapolis Gearing Up To Fight For The Super Bowl

The New York Super Bowl was largely a success, and there’s already talk of more cold-weather cities for future Super Bowls. Michele Kelm-Helgen is part of Minnesota’s official Super Bowl bid committee, which was announced last week. She got an inside look at what a city needs to win the big game. “I think our venue is going to be able to compete with anyone,” Kelm-Helgen said.

02/03/2014

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MSFA Head Grateful For Stadium Lawsuit Dismissal

Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), is responding to the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit, which had been holding up the sale on bonds for the stadium.

01/21/2014

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Metrodome Roof Set For Deflation Saturday

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority called their final meeting Friday before the Metrodome’s roof comes down. The MSFA says it all depends on Saturday’s weather. If the wind is too strong, they won’t be able to deflate the roof. But if things go as scheduled, the massive dome will come down. Cameras will be placed inside the stadium and on buildings surrounding it.

01/17/2014

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Vikings Stadium Construction Off To Swift Start

The big dig is on. Construction on a new Vikings stadium is well underway. In fact, it’s going so fast that the demolition of the old Dome could happen soon. Mortenson Construction Company, the builder of the new stadium, has already removed 100,000 tons of dirt, creating a vast hole that is essentially a foundation for the new facility. Workers are putting in the pilings to secure the outer perimeter. All of this is in preparation for the last Dome event: the Vikings game against the Lions on Dec. 29.

12/13/2013

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Demand High For Iconic Metrodome Seats

After years of controversy and public debate, Tuesday marks the beginning of the end for the Metrodome. State officials and the Minnesota Vikings will break ground for a new NFL football stadium.

12/02/2013

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Minn. Vikings Stadium Developers Detail Steel Buy

Minnesota stadium developers are providing a fuller accounting of their upcoming steel purchase after word of foreign imports caused concern on the state’s Iron Range.

11/25/2013

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Refinement Of Minn. Vikings Stadium Costs Drags On

An official involved in the Minnesota Vikings stadium project says a goal for getting key elements of the financing locked in this week won’t be met.

11/06/2013

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Timeline Of Dome Demolition, Vikes Stadium Construction Revealed

Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Vikes go to the playoff, that’s how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings’ new home. And it’s a very tight timeline between now and 2016, when the Vikes move into their new stadium. Michele Kelm-Helgen, the head of the state commission overseeing new stadium construction, says people shouldn’t expect a dramatic, dusty knockdown in Feb. of 2014.

10/21/2013

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Reality Check: PSLs And The Vikings Stadium

Negotiations on a new Vikings stadium are winding down, but a new controversy may be heating up.

09/17/2013

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Vikings Dispute Claims Team Owners Want End To Investigation

More drama over the new Vikings stadium. Team owners again Monday refused a request to return to the stadium bargaining table.

08/26/2013

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Official Warns Of Hitch On Minn. Vikings Stadium

The public authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is warning that the opening of the stadium could be delayed if the team doesn’t quickly resume negotiations on a lease and development agreements.

08/23/2013

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Vikings Unexpectedly Break Off Stadium Negotiations

The 2016 opening of the new Vikings stadium could be in jeopardy. The team unexpectedly broke off negotiations with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA).

08/23/2013

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Vikings Stadium Design To Be Revealed May 13

The public will have its first look at the new $975 million Vikings stadium next month.

04/27/2013

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