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It’s been about 21 months since the first loads of dirt were hauled off of the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site.

This morning marked a monumental stage in development as the final steal beam was put in place for the stadium’s roof. The placement of the final beam is part of a traditional “topping out” ceremony. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf joined iron workers and planners alike Thursday as they all partook in a celebration for the”topping out” of the stadium. Former Vikings player Alan Page was even there to sign the final steel beam before it was to be put in place.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who has been involved in the project for a while now, was quoted in saying that “This stadium is more than just a fantastic public facility, it is an anchor for economic development, not only for Minneapolis, but for the whole state.” (Finance and Commerce)

Mortenson Construction senior vice president John Wood said the beam placement happened 9 days ahead of schedule. They also started installing purple seats in the interior about 3 weeks ago. The 1.7 million square foot stadium is scheduled to open in 10 months, just before the start of the Vikings 2016-2017 season.

Skol Vikings!

 

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