Construction of the new, $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium officially commenced Tuesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking outside the Metrodome.
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FINAL DESIGN PHOTOS
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WHAT THEY SAID
The ceremonial groundbreaking included remarks from Gov. Mark Dayton, Vikings owners the Wilfs, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and others involved in the planning and building process.
Peterson joked he was not particularly looking forward to playing outdoors at the TCF Bank Stadium, which is where the Vikings will play until the new stadium is complete.
Gov. Dayton received a standing ovation upon walking on stage, saying he felt like Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.
"I can't believe it's over, can't believe we won," Dayton remarked.
Mayor R.T. Rybak immediately gave a nod to Metropolitan Council President Barb Johnson for her efforts. Rybak also said the new stadium will be woven into the urban fabric of the city and notably, will not look like a spaceship unlike its predecessor, the Metrodome. He called the stadium common ground for people to come together.
After speeches, the grand shoveling of dirt took place near the East Lot complete with gold shovels, live music and fireworks.
WHO FOOTS THE BILL?
The Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family announced in late November they'd commit an additional private contribution of up to $41.4 million toward the cost of the new stadium. The extra money means the Vikings are now covering roughly 51.5 percent of the stadium's cost.
The new financial commitment puts the team's share of the cost above the public share of $498 million. The team originally committed to a $477 million share.