July 22, 2015

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Minnesota Vikings, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group and Mortenson/Thor Construction announced today that the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is one year out from being completed at a briefing held for media. 

“This iconic stadium has already attracted nearly $1 billion in private investment, which was one of the state's major goals for the stadium," said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the MSFA. "The new U.S. Bank Stadium is owned by the state of Minnesota, is home to the Minnesota Vikings and will also host a wide range of events. From high school football and soccer, to college and amateur baseball, monster trucks and concerts, U.S. Bank Stadium will be used 365 days a year.” 

“To be a mere 12 months from opening what will be one of the world's most architecturally unique stadiums is incredibly exciting,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said. “With the significant surrounding economic development, the involvement of thousands of Minnesota workers and hundreds of Minnesota companies, and the securing of major events, U.S. Bank Stadium is setting the bar for public-private partnerships.” 

Some of the stadium updates included:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium is 65 percent complete.
  • There are more than 1,200 men and women working on the stadium daily. A total of $550 million of work has been performed to date.
  • A total of 314 Minnesota companies have worked or are working on the stadium construction site and related projects.
  • Crews from Minnesota-based Danny’s Construction have removed the roof ridge truss supports, and the roof ridge is supporting its own weight on the foundation structure.
  • The largest crane on the construction site, one of the largest in the world, has finished its work and is being dismantled.  The crane will be shipped off-site at the end of July. It has been on-site for just over a year.
  • The ETFE, or transparent, roof is being installed on the north side of the building, and the first section will be completed by the end of August.
  • Steel for the five operable doors will arrive in late July and will be preassembled on-site in August for installation in September.
  • Work on realigning the exit from Interstate 94 to 11th Avenue has begun, as has work on 6th Street to allow a westbound contraflow lane.

U.S. Bank Stadium is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and will be home to the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl 2018 and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2019. The stadium will serve as center stage for prominent national and international programming, including sporting events, concerts, family shows, conventions, and trade and consumer shows. U.S. Bank Stadium can also accommodate large and small receptions, meetings and weddings. 

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world-class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Miller Park, and major renovations and additions for U.S. Cellular Field and Dodger Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top six architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 27 worldwide offices. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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