At nearly $1 Billion dollars, the new Vikings Stadium will be one of the most expensive enclosed stadiums in the United States. They broke ground on this project in December of 2013. Joe Fisher is a Foreman and Tony Craft is the Superintendent on this two year project that represents the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota. It is not expected to be completed until the summer of 2016. When completed, the stadium will seat 65,000 and is expandable to 73,000 for Super Bowls or similarly large events. Tony Craft’s crew varies from 6-8 people currently. They are applying below grade, blind side waterproofing and sealants. The waterproofing is hot applied and safety is job one when working with this product. The crew is also doing expansion joints throughout the stadium.
The project started out behind in February due to the intense winter conditions that affected most of the U.S., but especially northern states such as Minnesota. According to Tony, “The biggest challenge is the size and pace of this project, considering we started out in February behind.” The crew is for all practical purposes just getting started on the stadium but will have plenty of work over the coming months.