Vikings Rumors: New Stadium Is One Year Away From Completion

U.S. Bank Stadium is now 65 percent complete, the Minnesota Vikings said Monday morning, with $550 million of work already finished. The 1,200-person crew is doing a reported $1.5 million of construction each day, but there are several more milestones to go.

The stadium's first seats will be installed next month, while the clear plastic roof should be complete by November and the ribbon scoreboards around the stadium will be installed by December. The locker rooms will be finished next April, and the stadium's turf will be installed by May.

"To be a mere 12 months from opening what will be one of the world's most architecturally-unique stadiums is incredibly exciting," Vikings president Mark Wilf said in a statement. "With the significant surrounding economic development, the involvement of thousands of Minnesota workers and hundreds of Minnesota companies, and the securing of major events, U.S. Bank Stadium is setting the bar for public-private partnerships."

Vikings executive vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said the team has already sold 40,000 seats, or more than 80 percent of the 49,000 the Vikings will sell through their personal seat license program.

The stadium will host Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the Final Four in 2019,  and is also a finalist for the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship game. 

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