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    3 bidders set sights on Vikings stadium
    A leading builder of NFL stadiums and the local contractor that oversaw construction of the Twins' Target Field are among three firms competing to build the new home for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Hunt Construction of Scottsdale, Ariz., builder of a dozen NFL stadiums, including two with retractable roofs, and Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, which built home venues for the Twins, Wild, Timberwolves and University of Minnesota football team, submitted formal bids for the construction management work Monday to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

    The public authority is overseeing development of the $975 million, multipurpose stadium on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.

    Skanska AB, an international firm based in Sweden that has built several NFL stadiums, including the new home shared by the New York Giants and New York Jets, also is bidding for the contract, which is expected to pay 2 to 4 percent of the stadium's $682 million building cost.

    The Vikings have said the project could create as many as 7,500 construction jobs over a three-year period.

    Combined, Hunt, Mortenson and Skanska have served as construction managers for more than 100 sports stadiums and arenas across the United States.

    "I think we've got a very solid group," said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president. "We're confident any one of the three could handle the project and deliver what we're looking for."

    In overseeing development of the 65,000-seat stadium, the builder will establish the budget for what can be designed and built and map out a construction timeline and work schedule. It also will provide a guaranteed maximum price for construction.

    While Mortenson is the only local firm to submit a bid, it's possible that Hunt and Skanska will pair with smaller, local construction companies to coordinate work, said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the stadium authority.

    Representatives of two local construction firms -- Kraus-Anderson of Minneapolis and Loeffler Construction of Lakeville -- attended a pre-proposal meeting hosted by the authority and team almost two weeks ago.

    Kelm-Helgen and Bagley have said that the authority and team are committed to ensuring that much of the work goes to Minnesota firms and workers.

    "Once we get the construction manager on board, we turn the corner and start moving forward on design decisions as well as hiring Minnesota workers, which is what this project is all about," Bagley said.

    The Vikings and the stadium authority will interview the bidders Wednesday and plan to pick a builder by early February, Kelm-Helgen said.

    She added that the content of the bids is confidential until a contractor is selected.

    Hunt has built nearly 50 professional sports venues, including 28 stadiums for Major League Baseball and NFL teams. It also has built two NFL stadiums with retractable roofs -- Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Colts, and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., home of the Arizona Cardinals.

    The stadium legislation approved last spring calls for the Vikings' stadium to have a fixed roof. But Bagley said the team prefers a retractable roof or at the very least, a giant, movable wall or window if it can be installed within the construction budget.

    Hunt worked with HKS Inc., architect of the Vikings' stadium project, on Lucas Oil, which also has a retractable wall that slides open, enabling fans to view Indianapolis' downtown skyline.

    In addition to the four local stadiums it built, Mortenson was general contractor for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, home of the NFL's St. Louis Rams. The company also has done extensive renovation work. Among its high-profile projects: the refurbished Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa's football team, and the $243 million makeover of St. Paul's Union Depot.

    Skanska was general contractor for the 82,600-seat MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets. It also built Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., home of the NFL New England Patriots; and LP Field in Nashville, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

    "We're excited about turning the corner on the project," Bagley said.

    The Vikings hope to break ground on the stadium in October and open it in time for the 2016 NFL season.
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    Which one will they pick? haha

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    I'm really glad it's probably going to be a retractable roof so that we can see some outdoor games early in the season possibly.

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    Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Sparring Over Baseball
    The Minnesota Vikings are having a bit of a spat with the Minnesota Golden Gophers over some of the space in the proposed stadium that is set to come online in 2016. The argument has to do with configuring the stadium for baseball for the University's baseball team, as well as for high school games that are currently played at the Metrodome.

    While Minnesota has a state-of-the-art baseball stadium in Target Field, college baseball season takes place largely during a period of time where playing games outside in Minnesota would be a bit inconvenient, to say the least. With the Metrodome going away to facilitate the construction of the new stadium, the Gopher baseball team will need a backup plan.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the dispute has to do with how close the Vikings want to put fans to the football field, and how that would play into the configuration for a baseball diamond.

    The Vikings, hoping to put ticket holders and stadium suites as close to the action as any team in the NFL, favor a preliminary design that places the first row of seats 44 feet from the football playing field. Only one other recently built NFL stadium -- Lucas Oil in Indianapolis, designed by HKS Inc., the architect for the Vikings stadium -- puts ticket holders that close.

    But that design squeezes some baseball dimensions.

    The most glaring -- a right-field foul line that extends 285 feet from home plate and a right-field power alley 319 feet away. Both distances are short by college and professional standards, and both are about 20 feet shorter than the design, already scaled back, favored by baseball coaches and the public stadium authority.

    Now, considering that they use aluminum bats in college baseball, a 285-foot fly ball that would be a routine out at most baseball fields would be a home run given these proposed dimensions. Even the inclusion of a "Green Monster"-esque wall in right field wouldn't totally eliminate the problem, as is pointed out in the article.

    Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague has said that the Gophers would accept a 300-foot right field line, and it sounds like the stadium authority would be amenable to that as well. Hopefully this can all get worked out to a satisfactory conclusion for everyone involved.
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    Going to be interesting to see how this goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100%CHEESE FREE View Post
    Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Sparring Over Baseball


    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2013/1/...-over-baseball

    Going to be interesting to see how this goes.
    I say whatever the Vikings want should be priority #1. Tough s**t for the gofers if they don't wana play baseball outside. The Twins have one of the nicest stadiums in the majors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 100%CHEESE FREE View Post
    Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Sparring Over Baseball


    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2013/1/...-over-baseball

    Going to be interesting to see how this goes.
    It still makes more sense to go with what the Vikings want in regards to dimensions. Not only for football, but any final four's, and basketball tournaments, you need seating to be as close to the court as possible. This would not be the case if the gophers need this to act as a baseball diamond.

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    This is stupid, ITs the vikings stadium first and foremost, they are gonna be the ones making the money. Build it their way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingsfan0845 View Post
    I say whatever the Vikings want should be priority #1. Tough s**t for the gofers if they don't wana play baseball outside. The Twins have one of the nicest stadiums in the majors.
    HELL YEAH. **** THE GOPHERS... I mean seriously... Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague said that the Gophers would "accept" a 300-foot right field line. How bout' you accept what you get and if not go play elsewhere. Nobody gives two ****s about the Gophers or their baseball team. This stadium is for the Vikings first and if the Vikings want to put ticket holders close to the action then they should design it so they can.


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    I am in full agreement that this should no compromises should be made to make this facility baseball friendly, however I kind of expected something like this would rear its ugly head. Expect to hear some politicians sound off about it and some droning on about public funding and that this new stadium should be able to be used for everything that the Metrodome is used for, regardless of the fact that some of these same compromises are why the Metrodome isn't a good football stadium and needs to be replaced.

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    Maybe the Gophers should have offered to fork over some money during the stadium hearings.

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    I agree the Vikes needs should come first.

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    why couldn't they engineer some way for the seats that would be in right field to be retractable? Sure, less seating, but honestly who cares? the seating is for the Vikings and would be there on sundays, then retract that section for baseball games.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but this doesn't seem like a big problem. In this country we can do a double arm transplant but can't engineer a fix to THIS? I don't believe this should even be an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdak87 View Post
    why couldn't they engineer some way for the seats that would be in right field to be retractable? Sure, less seating, but honestly who cares? the seating is for the Vikings and would be there on sundays, then retract that section for baseball games.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but this doesn't seem like a big problem. In this country we can do a double arm transplant but can't engineer a fix to THIS? I don't believe this should even be an issue.
    I'm pretty sure this has been done before (maybe Miami?). It's not like University of Minnesota baseball 70,000 seats or anything.

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    How about the Gophers win a College World Series or three before they start *****ing and making demands on something they are lucky enough to be able to POSSIBLY use. Eh? Eh?

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