Credit: Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

U.S. Bank Stadium hits 90 percent mark

Updated: February 17, 2016 - 10:43 am

U.S. Bank Stadium, the state’s largest public-private project, is now 90 percent complete.

Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction announced this month that the $1.1 billion project is on track to open this summer after several big milestones. Eric Grenz, a Mortenson construction executive, said in a prepared statement that approximately 1,300 workers are on the site daily to finish the remaining 10 percent of the stadium, which has so far seen $780 million worth of work.

Mortenson has installed two-thirds of the stadium’s more than 66,000 seats and will finish the work by April. The stadium’s five pivoting glass doors on its west side have also been installed. Mortenson will begin testing the venue’s speakers in March and crews will begin to install the field’s turf in May. 

Beginning next month, the LRT station outside the stadium will move from its current name, Downtown East / Metrodome Station, to U.S. Bank Stadium Station. The station, an important connector between the Blue and Green light-rail lines, saw 1.3 million connections last year. 

Through the deal, Metro Transit will receive $300,000 in in-stadium promotions, print and radio advertising and direct marketing to boost ridership to events at the venue. Metro Transit hopes that 40 percent of Vikings fans will take public transit to games. 

“U.S. Bank Stadium already is proving to be a beacon in the Minneapolis skyline,” said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb in a statement. “On an annual basis, hundreds of thousands of Twin Cities Metro Area residents and visitors pass through this station, which will now be linked to an obviously identifiable Minneapolis landmark.”