Minnesota Vikings spends US$1.2m on extra stadium suites

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National Football League (NFL) team the Minnesota Vikings is to spend US$1.2m on extra suites for their currently under construction new downtown stadium.

According to Vikings spokesperson Jeff Anderson, the team agreed to pay US$146,164 in design fees in late 2014 for 15 new mini Norsemen suites, with the US$1.2m used to cover the construction costs.

Anderson added that the mini suites will accommodate up to 10 people each, while other suites will range in size from 18 to 32 people. With the additions, the stadium will have a total of 131 suites.

The US$1.2m injection comes after the Vikings had already committed US$19.5m last month to pay for plaza enhancements, food service equipment, build-outs for game day entertainment, retractable seating upgrades, and more.

In total, the team has added approximately US$72.5m to the project since 2012, bringing its contribution to US$552m and the overall budget to just over US$1bn. Public funding amounts to US$498m.

The new stadium, scheduled to open in summer 2016, is now half complete, according to Mortenson Construction, the project’s construction manager.

April 16, 2015

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