400-foot crane will help build new Vikings stadium

If Hervé Villiachaize were in Minnesota and, you know, alive, he’d soon be shouting, “The crane!  The crane!”

Of course, he’d have to do it 70 times, because the 400-foot monstrosity that will help construct the new Vikings stadium will be coming to town in that many truckloads.

As explained by Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Terex Demag CC 6800 crawler crane begins to arrive on Monday.  The parts will show up over a 10-day stretch.  Then, 11 days will be needed to put the crane together.

The crane will be used at the construction site for 15 months.  The Vikings will play for the next two years at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

55 responses to “400-foot crane will help build new Vikings stadium

  1. Vikings were built for the fast surface of the indoors. Playing outside on grass will slow AP and their WR’s, too. And with the loss of AP’s longtime backfield partner, Toby Gerhart, and their continuing QB mess, there’s no way they are going to win more than eight games, tops.

  2. As a Viking 4life since 1968, I don’t want to hear about what the Vikings are doing with the old stadium, the cheerleaders, their off field charities (even though that’s nice). I don’t want to hear about the ownership, I don’t want to hear about any off field arrests or stupidity about breaking the law, the equipment used to build the stadium etc. All I want to hear about is the TEAM itself, any roster moves, anything concerning the football TEAM itself-thank you!

  3. As a non-Viking fan (for life) … I think it’s really good to hear about what the Vikings are doing with the old stadium, the cheerleaders, their off field charities, that unkempt fool on the motorcycle, and so forth. Please write more articles about any off field arrests, stupidity about Vikings breaking the law, and all the stuff they’ll be using to build their new glass house with self-cleaning glass. No need to write more articles about the TEAM itself, the roster moves, and all that football stuff. It doesn’t matter – they’re just the same old Vikings, when it’s said and done. Thank You!

  4. sterling7 says:
    Jun 28, 2014 5:12 PM
    As a Viking 4life since 1968, I don’t want to hear about what the Vikings are doing with the old stadium, the cheerleaders, their off field charities (even though that’s nice). I don’t want to hear about the ownership, I don’t want to hear about any off field arrests or stupidity about breaking the law, the equipment used to build the stadium etc. All I want to hear about is the TEAM itself, any roster moves, anything concerning the football TEAM itself-thank you!

    Superbowl week must be really boring for you>
    On a side note they had to go out of state for it because as hard as they tried Minnysodaites could not find a bird that big in any of the 10000 mudholes they have.
    The Pftpoet and ariana 69 just like they can’t admit they haven’t won a superbowl trolled on the Audubon societies website and bragged even though they couldn’t find a 400 foot crane before they would this year

  5. Gee Sterling, message received. I have to agree that’s there’s really nothing that would make the Vikings interesting.

  6. And if you ask the pftpoet he will tell you that it is the best crane that has ever built an NFL stadium in the history of the league, and that somehow makes the Vikings an elite NFL franchise.

  7. PFTpoet is the worlds greatest troll – even without making a comment, he’s still got people responding to him. Bow down before the master!

  8. Cue up They Might Be Giants and their song “They’ll need a Crane.”

    “While you’re at it, put a little night lite on inside the birdhouse in your soul…”

    If you’ve never heard of TMBG (They Might Be Giants) they are worth a listen.

    Suggested titles:

    Anna Ng
    Birdhouse in Your Soul
    Why Does the Sun Shine?
    They’ll Need a Crane

  9. Yet still not a peep from Florio about the renovations to Sun Life Stadium. They have actually started on them already! You jumped all over their failed attempts at renovations….why now that they’re approved and work has actually begun…still nothing???? Why do you hate the Dolphins so much, Mike????

  10. In terms of engineering, that’s pretty cool. Hopefuly somebody is making a documentary on the building of this super-structure. Because it’s fascinating to watch these buildings come to life from the foundation through construction to the opening game.

    And, yes, the team better be building a winner when it opens. Watching the Twins at Target Field is abject awful; beautiful ballpark, terrible team. At least the wild are playing better, because excel engery center in st paul is an awesome place to watch hockey.

    The problem with the nfl that you see in Dallas with these billion dollar stadiums is if its a sub .500 team the best seats are usualy empty in late season games because the only super rich people that can afford those tickets don’t really care if it isn’t a playoff team and won’t go.

  11. @upperdecker19

    The lower deck will be outfitted with leftover Chrysler Cordoba seats covered in rich Corinthian leather. The nosebleeds get to sit on plastic.

  12. Just because we’re getting these bells and whistles (or whatever you call them) doesn’t mean we feel entitled to championships (Packers fans, take note).

  13. My God. The off season has us reading articles about construction equipment. September kickoff can’t come quick enough

  14. TFC Bank stadium has field turf, not grass. So that won’t be any different. The weather will certainly be a factor. The biggest factor will be the talent on the field. QB situation is a disaster.

  15. sterling7 says:
    Jun 28, 2014 5:12 PM
    As a Viking 4life since 1968, I don’t want to hear about what the Vikings are doing with the old stadium, the cheerleaders, their off field charities (even though that’s nice). I don’t want to hear about the ownership, I don’t want to hear about any off field arrests or stupidity about breaking the law, the equipment used to build the stadium etc. All I want to hear about is the TEAM itself, any roster moves, anything concerning the football TEAM itself-thank you!

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    Arrests many times lead to roster moves…

    Might wanna follow those…

  16. It must be exhausting to search for (and remember!) individualistic one-time accomplishments that are important to a few people. Packer fans instead remember significant team accomplishments that engage an entire community.

    Or….we could say weird stuff like; “remember three years ago when Clay Matthews stripped the ball out of a Peterson’s grip and ran it back for a TD?” Yeah, I remember, but so what?

    It was sweet, but hardly enough to hang your hat on. I guess when you cheer for the Vikings you’ll take anything you can get . How sad.

  17. Tearing down a 64,000 seat arena with relatively new carpeting and roof, to build a 65,000 seat arena at a taxpayer cost of 2 billion dollars (1 billion construction cost and 1 billion in interest payments) at the same site.

    2 billion dollars for a 30 year lease with 2 preseason and 8 regular season games per year.
    That comes to 6,666,666.66 dollars per game or over $100 per seat per game before adding in operating costs, maintenance, cleaning costs, taxes etc.

    Why not raise the price of a ticket an extra $100 on top of what is paid now and leave the taxpayers out of it?

    Those who use it should pay for it. Why have the many pay for the entertainment of a few (some 40,000 buy season tickets out of a state population of 4 million, or 1%)?

    The taxpayers never got to vote on it.

    It would be cheaper and better to play in the natural air, in natural sunlight, on natural grass, the way football is supposed to be played?

  18. Better yet pass a law that says “no public money shall be used to finance stadiums owned by billionaires who threaten to leave the state if they don’t get public money.

  19. bobnelsonjr – So Minnesotans are getting this stadium at a 100% interest rate? No worries, we had a surplus last year. And we didn’t even need to cut jobs and pillage hard earned pensions. You should run for Governor my man.

  20. I know its not a football story per se but think about the numbers, 70 trucks to deliver it, 11 days to put it together, this will prove more exciting than the team taking the field the field at TFC Bank Stadium and I’m not talking about the Golden Golphers.

  21. Division forecast:
    10-6 Vikings – slow start with strong finish
    9-7 Bears – Off can’t overcome def struggles
    8-8 Lions – Can’t put things all together
    7-9 Packers – No defense, injured QB…again

  22. Oh here we go again, “How could any Packer fan be as refined and dignified as us? We have tall buildings!”

    You know what……planes, trains, and automobiles baby. We’ve seen it and we’ve done it. And we choose to live here. Until you understand why we CHOOSE to live here, your arrogance simply prevents the comprehension from occurring. We have seen and experienced by far….greater environments than your fare city. You think we don’t see and understand what it’s all about. We get it.

    Most recently? Try Dallas 2010. Tell us…..how does Dallas compare to Minneapolis? Before you answer, don’t forget this is a profootball site…..not Real Estate Weekly.

  23. sterling7 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    As a Viking 4life since 1968, I don’t want to hear about what the Vikings are doing with the old stadium, the cheerleaders, their off field charities (even though that’s nice). I don’t want to hear about the ownership, I don’t want to hear about any off field arrests or stupidity about breaking the law, the equipment used to build the stadium etc. All I want to hear about is the TEAM itself, any roster moves, anything concerning the football TEAM itself-thank you!
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    But that would leave the trolls with nothing to do here. They’ll have to go make more accounts at the MN online newspapers to vent their sad little lives there…

  24. Will the trucks also be carrying more of Wisconsin’s young professionals who are leaving their home state with hopes of actually finding a job?

    Because we’ve already been experiencing a flood of these hopefuls for years now.. not sure what is going on east of the St. Croix.

  25. I find it hilarious that uninformed posters comment how the Vikings can’t play outdoors or on a natural grass field. As pointed out, TCF Stadium has artificial turf. The team also plays outdoors in the cold, on natural grass along with all the other teams when the schedule calls for it. You clowns aren’t happy unless you stir the pot. Get another hobby because you stink at comedy.

  26. In Green Bay their building are not tall so they do not need to use crane’s to build them. So instead they use their cranes to pick up their women when they fall over drunk.

  27. They plan to leave this thing in-position long after the stadium is open and operational.

    Management understands their fans have some of the most arrogant superiority complexes in all of sports, and they will need the crane to lift and lower several thousand over-inflated big-head egos into position.

  28. I find it funny when people talk down on the Vikings as if they never won a game before smh y’all are pathetic kuz we haven’t won a SB yet don’t make us loser just ask Seattle n the saints anything kan happen n beside we always have players that other team want like Seattle for example keep talking smack when we win one I’ll be krickets here on pft

  29. It’s funny how ppl say that the Vikings were built for turf and now it’s going to hurt them playing outside on grass. Here’s a newsflash for ppl, TCF Bank Stadium has turn, not grass. You should probably know what you’re talking about before saying something ignorant. Also even if it was grass I’ve never seen grass as the reason for slowing down AP. Go look at his games at Chicago and at Green Bay, then maybe ppl will stop with the ignorance.

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