Construction is set to begin this week on the new home for the Minnesota Vikings, which will be the team’s first permanent home since moving to CenturyLink Field in Atlanta.
Construction began last year on a $1.5 billion project to convert the former home of the Minneapolis 49ers into a stadium for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings will host the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles in the new stadium.
The new stadium will be built to replace the aging, decrepit Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The team’s home in Minneapolis will become a brand new, $1 billion football stadium.
“We’re very excited about this project,” said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, who will own the team for life.
“It’s going to create more jobs, more economic activity, more entertainment and more opportunities.
This is a historic moment for the Vikings, and I think everyone who lives in the Twin Cities area will look forward to it.”
The Vikings, who play in the now-retired Metrodomes, have been searching for a new home since the team moved to the Twin City area for the 2013 season.
Wilf and Vikings owner Mark Wilf Jr. have said that the team will move to the city’s new downtown stadium, but the stadium was not built in time to accommodate the team and its fans.
The franchise’s new stadium is expected to open next year, though the project has not yet been finalized.
It will include seating for 18,000 people, the largest in the NFL, and the team hopes to use it for home games.
It is expected that fans will use the stadium as a practice field, training facility and stadium to host concerts, festivals and other events.
The team will also host a new annual football game in 2018 that is the first time the Vikings have hosted a regular-season game since 2001.
The game is set for Aug. 31 against the Indianapolis Colts.
It was originally slated to be held in Minnesota in 2018, but that game was postponed.
The stadium also will be home to the Minnesota Football League team, the Minnesota Lynx and the Minnesota Zoo.
The football team, which has played at the Metrodomus since 1982, moved to Century Link Field in 2014 after the team had moved to Atlanta.
The NFL has said that it has no plans to move the Vikings’ current home to a new stadium in the future.
Wilf said he has been “very committed” to building the stadium since the Vikings were relocated to Minneapolis in 2013.
The project is expected create more than 300 jobs.
This is the second major renovation of a Minnesota sports facility for the city.
In 2010, the city also purchased the Minnesota Orchestra Hall in St. Paul for $1 million.
The Orchestra has since been remodeled into the Minnesota Theatre.
The Minneapolis Orchestra and the University of Minnesota have been partners on the project.