Authority says stadium excavation hits halfway point

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Demolition of the Metrodome is on track despite cold weather. Little above-ground structure remains; crews still have to demolish and remove underground stadium infrastructure, including tunnels and foundations.
Demolition of the Metrodome is on track despite cold weather. Little above-ground structure remains; crews still have to demolish and remove underground stadium infrastructure, including tunnels and foundations.

According to Finance & Commerce, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Wednesday that excavation for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is nearly 50 percent complete, and demolition of the Metrodome is on track for completion in April.

As of this week, crews have trucked off 400,000 cubic yards of dirt from the site near the half-demolished Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. In all, about 850,000 cubic yards of dirt will be removed.

Meanwhile, workers have installed about 15 percent of the 300 drilled piers needed for the new stadium, and have poured 3 percent of the estimated 100,000 cubic yards of concrete, according to the authority.

A third tower crane is expected to rise in April.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the authority, said the project is advancing “according to plan.”

“Demolition of the Metrodome will be substantially complete by the end of… Read More >>