Steel Shots: Vikings Stadium Reaches Halfway Mark

Construction of the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis has reached halftime. Steel erection for the roof frame is expected to be finished by this fall and the stadium is on schedule to open in August 2016. The project’s steel team comprises AISC Member/Certified fabricator Lejeune Steel Company, Minneapolis, and AISC Member/Advanced Certified steel erector Danny Construction Company, Shakopee, Minn. Mortenson Construction, the project’s general contractor, says crews have erected about 5,000 of the 11,000 tons of steel that will be used for the roof, including five of the 11 queen post trusses that will span from the ridge truss to the ring beam on the east and west sides of the stadium. The ridge truss is close to completion, with two segments remaining to be linked to complete the span of about 1,000 ft. To follow news on the stadium’s construction progress, visit (Photos: Brad Lange, AISC's Midwest Business Development Representative)