Stadium construction ahead of schedule

Updated: June 9, 2016 - 1:35 pm

City officials have issued a certificate of occupancy for the U.S. Bank Stadium, which allows the Vikings and other stakeholders to move in more than a month ahead of schedule.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, complimented Mortenson for its work on the project.

“To have the largest construction project in Minnesota’s history reach this milestone six weeks early is amazing,” she said.

The stadium’s ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for July 22.

The Vikings are scheduled to play their first game in the new stadium Aug. 28 — a preseason contest against San Diego.

Vikings owners and president Mark Wilf commended thousands of construction workers and hundreds of Minnesota-based businesses with finishing the stadium ahead of schedule.

“With the incredible work shown by so many individuals, we are growing closer to opening the future home for Vikings football and showcasing the unprecedented game day experience U.S. Bank Stadium will provide,” he said.

The Vikings and community leaders celebrated a groundbreaking for the project Dec. 3, 2103. More than 8,000 workers have worked more than 4 million hours on the project to date, according to Mortenson Construction.

The U.S. Bank Stadium is 1.75 million square feet, nearly twice the size of the Metrodome. At its highest point, it’s nearly 30 stories tall.