MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Friday morning, the Minnesota Vikings officially received the keys to U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced construction of the stadium is "substantially complete," which is a contract term in the construction industry that establishes when construction is finished except for minor remaining work, and the building can be used for its intended purpose.
U.S. Bank Stadium was originally scheduled to reach this milestone on July 29, meaning it's move-in ready 6 weeks ahead of schedule. The stadium’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on July 22.
“Mortenson Construction has done a phenomenal job keeping us ahead of schedule while building the most amazing stadium in the United States,” said MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen. “Mortenson took building the largest transparent roof in North America and the largest operable doors in the world in stride, and succeeded. We are proud to be their partner.”
The 70,000 seat, 1,750,000 square-foot U.S. Bank Stadium was completed with a final cost of $1.1 billion.
FUN FACT: 14 babies born to Mortenson team members during construction of new @Vikings stadium.— Bill Keller (@billkellerfox9) June 17, 2016