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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.