The Star Tribune’s Mike Kaszuba says the negotiations over the TCF Bank stadium lease for two Vikings seasons was more than just a Coke vs. Pepsi dispute. He reports today that the school and the team actually threatened to walk away from negotiations before the deal was signed last year. The U even feared the Read more →
Archives for November 2013
Mortenson Construction is telling neighbors around the Metrodome that digging is going to start in the stadium parking lot on Monday.
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A crew of a dozen construction workers walked into the Metrodome this morning before dawn, the first workers on the first day of work on what will be the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. They went through their safety orientation, got their instructions, and set to work out in the Metrodome parking lot putting Read more →
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some collectors are bringing the Metrodome’s old right field wall home after paying a combined $3,025 for pieces of the “Baggie.” A pair of 16-feet-high, 190-feet-long sections of the famed fence sold during an online auction that concluded Monday. One went for $2,025 and the other for $1,000. Together, the Read more →
You can’t see movie stars at the Block E multiplex in downtown Minneapolis anymore, but basketball stars may soon take their place. Building owners unveiled plans Monday to overhaul the troubled development and the centerpiece of the proposal is a new practice facility for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx. Block E opened to Read more →
Gov. Mark Dayton is defending plans to order structural steel for the new Vikings stadium from Luxembourg. Here’s what he said at a press conference at his office today when asked about the steel order, which was among the details released about the new Vikings stadium deal reached on Friday: “There’s a special kind of Read more →
The owners of the star-crossed Block E development in Minneapolis have lured their NBA/WNBA neighbors across the street.
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By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Backers of the controversial $1 billion Vikings stadium regularly hold the project up as an economic driver that will boost the state construction industry and rely heavily on Minnesota-derived materials. Construction planners demonstrated last week that those goals are easier stated than achieved. Take the steel that will Read more →
The Minnesota Sports Facility Authority approved its final construction budget for the new Vikings stadium today after the Minnesota Vikings agreed to add tens of millions of dollars more to the project. The team’s owners say they will increase their contribution to the new stadium $41.4 million beyond the original $477 million they pledged to Read more →
The Strib’s Eric Roper says the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission has turned back a staff recommendation to approve tearing down the newspaper’s Portland Avenue offices to make room for a new $400 million multi-use development near the new Vikings stadium. The 10-member panel, which includes former Star Tribune staff writer and architecture critic Linda Mack, Read more →