At its peak, the new Vikings stadium will be 320 feet above the playing surface. That’s about 30 stories high, or about half the height of the IDS Center. The MSFA said this week the crane in the picture below will be about the height of the low end of the sloped roof.

Photo from EarthCam, Inc. and Minnesota Vikings

The MSFA says that corresponds roughly to the roofline on the left side of this rendering — the eastern side of the roof.

Rendering from HKS architects

Here’s the ledger on the new Vikings stadium, as totted up at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting this morning. The bottom line: about an eighth of the money has been spent.


There are some interesting numbers in this chart: the Vikings clearly have a lot of seat licenses to sell. About a quarter of the team contribution will be paid directly by fans who’ll pay licenses, ranging from $500 to nearly $10,000 dollars a seat.

Even if the Vikings have covered the $25 million in marketing and financing costs baked into the $125 million gross sale number they set, they still need $97 million in cash from fans to pay that slice of the team’s $477 million share.

It’s also interesting what isn’t on this chart: the Vikings committed today to another $600,000 to prepare to almost double the size the video board on the west end of the stadium: it’s now going to be almost 7 stories high. They’re also spending another $630,000 to put video walls in the premium lounges for the Fire and Ice clubs.

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Vikings CFO Steve Poppen says that’s on top of the $26.4 million contingency that the team committed to in November, which could be above and beyond the original $975 million sticker price.

Poppen wasn’t ready to say that $26 million contingency is already gone, but if they have to put in yet more cash up front, that seems a good indication that the stadium cost is now on the books, somewhere, for more than $1 billion.

The $1.2 million in upgrades unveiled Friday puts the team’s tentative contribution for the stadium at $505 million, up from the $477 million initially pledged.

The last remnants of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome were hauled off the site of the downtown stadium this afternoon. The demolition was scheduled to wrap up by May 15, but it is four weeks ahead of schedule, according to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

“This is the first contract that has been completed on our way to the new stadium. It’s a major milestone for the project,” MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement this morning.

That’s despite some surprises: the upper “ring beam” partially collapsed during the demolition in February, forcing crews to halt the demolition of the stadium and turn to explosives to safely bring the stadium down.

Frattalone Companies hauled out 4,910 truckloads of demolition debris since the last game was played in the stadium on December 29th. The roof was deflated on January 18th.

Read the rest of the nitty gritty here (note that the truck counts were amended after this release):