MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Sid Hartman, who’s close and personal friends with many Vikings players, will have a very special honor at their new stadium.

The 96-year-old got a private tour this week. He’s covered the Vikings for the Star Tribune since the team came here in 1961.

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To celebrate his career, the Vikings have etched his name on the door to the media entrance of the building.

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There will also be two murals showing the famous sports writer through the decades. One is a mosaic of Sid at his other job as a 830 WCCO Radio commentator.

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U.S. Bank Stadium opens next month with the first events scheduled in August.