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Soccer Franchise Leaders Approach Capitol For Stadium Help

The group that landed a new professional soccer franchise is turning its focus to Minnesota lawmakers for help building a new stadium. The Minnesota United FC ownership group hasn’t specifically presented a finance plan for a new outdoor stadium.

04/14/2015

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Vikings Stadium Legacy Bricks

The Vikings are letting fans etch their names into the new stadium with legacy bricks.

03/26/2015

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MLS Expanding To Minn., Downtown Stadium Planned

Major League Soccer is coming to Minnesota. The league made it official on Wednesday at Target Field when they announced that the Minnesota United FC team would play in the league starting in 2018. It’s the news die-hard soccer fans here have been waiting years for.

03/25/2015

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Downtown Soccer Stadium Funding Has Yet To Be Worked Out

While Minneapolis cheered the announcement of a new Major League Soccer franchise, it’s not clear how the owners plan to pay for a new 18,500 seat stadium, and whether they’ll ask for the public’s help.

03/25/2015

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Vikings Thank Construction Crews With On-Site Lunch

The Minnesota Vikings are saying thank you to the construction workers building the team’s new stadium.

12/12/2014

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Gov. Walker’s ‘Go Packers’ Removed From Stadium Beam

Fears that a Packers-tainted beam would end up in the new Vikings stadium have been alleviated, according to the construction firm working on the project. Over the weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reportedly wrote “Go Packers” on a steel beam at a Wisconsin shop that’s helping build the new $1 billion stadium.

11/04/2014

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Report: Scott Walker Wrote ‘Go Packers’ On Beam For Vikings Stadium

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might have committed a political version of football’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a piece of material that will be part of the Minnesota Vikings new $1 billion stadium. Walker says he wrote a little message on one of the beams to be used in the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

11/03/2014

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New Vikings Stadium Now 17 Percent Complete

While the construction won’t be complete until 2016, recent updates show the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is now 17 percent finished.

09/25/2014

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‘No More Wiggle Room’ In Vikings Stadium Schedule

The latest construction schedule for the Minnesota Vikings $1 billion stadium leaves “no more wiggle room,” a team official said Wednesday. Minnesota Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told The Associated Press that the new “substantial completion” date of July 29 will be cutting it close.

09/10/2014

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Super Bowl Organizers On Defensive Over NFL Asks

A published report detailing perks the National Football League requests of cities bidding for the Super Bowl has organizers of the 2018 Minnesota game on the defensive. The Minnesota bid committee released a statement Monday saying it did not agree to every specification in a 154-page document drafted by the NFL.

06/09/2014

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The NFL’s Sizable List Of Demands For Mpls. Super Bowl

New details have emerged about the deal bringing the Super Bowl to Minneapolis. Some of the conditions include: hotel accommodations, free police escorts and free advertising. They’re on the long list of requests in a confidential 153 page document obtained by the Star Tribune.

06/08/2014

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Season Ticket Holders Can Preview New Stadium

Minnesota Vikings season-ticket holders will have chance beginning this week to get an interactive look at the new stadium being built in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment will open a 7,500-square-foot preview center in a building next to the construction site.

02/25/2014

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Metrodome Roof Structure Demolished With Blasts

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.

02/02/2014

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Metrodome Seats To Find New Purpose At HS Stadium

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.

01/22/2014

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Legal Challenge Delays Vikings Stadium Bond Sale

A legal challenge has forced the state to delay a $468 million bond sale to finance the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, state officials announced Sunday, saying the lawsuit jeopardizes plans to open the facility for the 2016 season as well as a nearby $400 million development.

01/12/2014

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Minn. To Sell Vikings Stadium Bonds Next Week

The Minnesota Vikings stadium project is about to get its formal infusion of money from the state. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget will sell $467 million in bonds early next week to cover the public share of the $1 billion construction budget.

01/08/2014

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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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In Auction, Metrodome’s ‘Baggie’ Fetches $3K

Some collectors are bringing the Metrodome’s old right field wall home after paying a combined $3,025 for pieces of the “Baggie.” A pair of 16-feet-high, 190-feet-long sections of the famed fence sold during an online auction that concluded Monday. One went for $2,025 and the other for $1,000. Together, the items drew 190 bids. When the Minnesota Twins played at the Metrodome from 1982-2009, left-handed hitters took aim at the dark blue wall that stood only 327 feet from home plate. To make up for the short distance, the fence was extended for a total height of 23 feet. When balls bounced off the wall, it rippled like a garbage bag, spawning the nickname.

11/25/2013

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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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New Vikings Stadium Groundbreaking Set For Dec. 3

The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It’s the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site.

11/19/2013

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Sports Fans, Deal Hunters Sample Metrodome Auction

It’s time to place your bids on pieces of Metrodome history. An auction is underway on more than a dozen items used inside the dome. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authorities is selling off the contents through the state auction site. Demolition of the building is set for next year.

11/16/2013

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Metrodome Scoured For Historial ‘Do-Mentos’

Minnesota’s puffy-topped Metrodome that has hosted monster truck rallies, the Final Four and the Super Bowl will soon hold its final event. Ahead of its demolition, historians and others are sizing up what should be saved.

11/15/2013

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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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