Vikings stadium construction already underway [PHOTOS]
The final sad bits of the Metrodome came crashing down over the weekend. Concrete is still strewn on the site, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority tells us workers will soon crush it up and haul it away.
After that, the Dome will be nothing more than a figment of Minnnesotans' memories. Below ground, however, demolition and excavation works continues along with construction of the new stadium, which is already proceeding at a rapid pace.
The MSFA says 15 percent of the new stadium's drilled piers have been installed, and three percent of its total concrete is poured.
Not that you can tell from afar:
Strange view from my desk -- with no Metrodome. Well, it's that pile of rubble, if you look closely. pic.twitter.com/hC6dAmYvT9
-- Todd Stone (@StribBizEditor) March 19, 2014
"Demolition of the Metrodome will be substantially complete by the end of April and excavation and foundation work for the new stadium continues," MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement. "We're also pleased that our demolition plan calls for more than 80 percent of the material that is being hauled away to be recycled for renewed use elsewhere."
MSFA spokesperson Jenn Hathaway told us more than a dozen columns that will hold up the new stadium's concourses have already been constructed.
But for now, there's not much to look at where the Metrodome once stood, which is itself a sight to see. Over the weekend a few folks shared before and after photos of the last moments of the final standing Dome concourse. Click to page two to check them out.
-- Beej (@jordahl01) March 13, 2014
-- Todd Stone (@StribBizEditor) March 14, 2014
-- Paul Driscoll (@pdriscollTBT) March 15, 2014
Not much left of the Metrodome pic.twitter.com/GYm7jpSUw7
-- stevecohen (@stevecohen) March 16, 2014
-- Kätie Ericksõn (@KTerickson4) March 18, 2014
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