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Vikings new home already has a $4 million leaky roof

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The Vikings haven’t even moved into their new stadium, and it already needs a major repair.

According to Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, contractors are going to have to take about 30 percent of the roof off U.S. Bank Stadium to fix leaks.

The cost of the repair is estimated at $4 million.

M.A. Mortenson Cos. executive John Wood announced the damage, saying a leak sprung on the inner wall of the snow gutter on the roof of the building. That’s kind of a big deal, since sources close to PFT tell PFT that it sometimes snows in Minnesota.

“We’re happy they found it now; stuff happens on projects,” Wood said.

Among the things they’re going to have to take down is the large bank logo of their sponsor. The cost is going to be absorbed (see what we did there?) by the design team.

Despite the leaky roof, the building is still expected to open in August for a concert and the start of football season.

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88 Responses to “Vikings new home already has a $4 million leaky roof”
  1. mightymightylafootball says: Feb 19, 2016 1:50 PM

    *facepalm*

  2. purpleguy says: Feb 19, 2016 1:55 PM

    Yeah, a roof leaked during construction. It’s not like that hasn’t happened on every construction project ever undertaken. Not that its that big of a deal anyhow, but it wasn’t the roof that leaked, it was the snow gutter below the roof — they’ve got to remove a portion of the roof to access the repair area. I do wonder if this is why Mortenson construction settled the cost over-run dispute.

  3. vikesfan320 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:55 PM

    As a Midwesterner I can confirm – it does sometimes snow in Minnesota.

  4. shlort says: Feb 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    4 million to fix a leak because the architect didn’t do a good enough job designing the roof system. Wow. Someone is, or already has been fired.

  5. vikes182 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:59 PM

    classic Vikings. -a Vikings fan

  6. binkystevens says: Feb 19, 2016 2:02 PM

    Yet another reason to support why football stadiums don’t need roofs. Go back to the arena league and leave real football for the true teams.

  7. cross300 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:02 PM

    They still don’t have as many leaks as the NFL home office. Now that’s funny.

  8. SparkyGump says: Feb 19, 2016 2:05 PM

    It should have been an open air stadium to begin with. The Vikings used to have a snow home field advantage but now they’re going to have just another pretty venue.

  9. icebowler says: Feb 19, 2016 2:06 PM

    Perhaps a metaphor for leaky defenses to come?

  10. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 19, 2016 2:07 PM

    You know how you fix that? Not having a roof.

  11. RegisHawk says: Feb 19, 2016 2:17 PM

    “…faulty pieces of the roof will be shipped to Santa Clara as replacement sod…”

  12. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 2:18 PM

    The Vikings should be an outdoor team, the playoff game showed how much of an impact can be made with that home weather in Minnesota… all though if it was in doors that brick of a football with laces pointing back at Walsh may not have sailed wide left.

  13. ctiggs says: Feb 19, 2016 2:21 PM

    “The Collapse 2” Headed to a theater near you

  14. chillyball says: Feb 19, 2016 2:23 PM

    Typical Vikes.

  15. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    I will always believe the Vikings Belong outside.
    If you don’t you either arent or havent been a Vikings fan long enough to remember them playing at the Met..
    And how hard it was to beat them at home from about 1965-1979..

  16. coltzfan166 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    @ binkystevens

    Sorry, but I think most rational people would agree that:

    A) They would rather watch football games in comfortable conditions than outside in negative degree weather

    B) Warm weather = better quality of football

  17. scoops1 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    Bud Grant will fix it….for free!!!!

  18. bordner says: Feb 19, 2016 2:39 PM

    Metrodump 2.0

  19. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 2:42 PM

    If you want to watch football indoors when its cold, stay at home its not that hard… and warm weather doesn’t =better quality football look at what the Jaguars and Browns… or the Rams and Falcons… Good teams make better quality football like the Patriots Broncos or Packers.

  20. zygizag says: Feb 19, 2016 2:47 PM

    I hope they reinspect the whole drainage system and perhaps add another layer of support and protection on the whole thing so you do not have another leak.

  21. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 19, 2016 2:49 PM

    Considering the Metrodome basically fell over onto it’s side when a snowflake touched it, a leaky roof is a considerable improvement.

  22. 13worldchampioinships says: Feb 19, 2016 2:52 PM

    If you want to watch football indoors when its cold, stay at home its not that hard… and warm weather doesn’t =better quality football look at what the Jaguars and Browns… or the Rams and Falcons… Good teams make better quality football like the Patriots Broncos or Packers.

    _______

    Having a roof on a stadium has no reflection on the team, the toughness of players or fans. A roof in Minnesota is a realistic solution to support a venue located near the center of commerce in a large metro area where 1/4 of the year is frozen. The venue is used for more than just football year round. There is no function to Lambeau field other than football. There is no function to Green Bay ever. Boston, Chicago and New York are all big enough cities to cover large costs of multiple stadiums/venues and it doesn’t get that cold in Denver.

    Yes football should be played outside but when the public pays for half the dang thing it should be used longer than Sept-January.

  23. battmanri says: Feb 19, 2016 2:54 PM

    Not sure which one has more leaks. The roof at Minnesota’s new stadium…..or the Peyton Manning public relations group.

  24. clarke16 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    Shiiiiiiiit…that’s nothing compared to the water damage from the river of tears that dykqueen’s fans will shed in the new barn of that snakebitten franchise.

  25. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    LOL! Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

    >

  26. kd75 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:01 PM

    Nothing a little black caulk can’t fix.

  27. gbbvan says: Feb 19, 2016 3:05 PM

    Roof schism!

  28. jag1959 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM
    Sorry, but I think most rational people would agree that:
    A) They would rather watch football games in comfortable conditions than outside in negative degree weather
    B) Warm weather = better quality of football
    ________________________

    Real football is played outdoors, of course a fan of the all too soft pretty ponies would have a hard time appreciating that. Warm weather = dehydration. There’s a reason it’s a Fall sport.

  29. darkneptune73 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:09 PM

    If only Packer Trolls can shut up for once.

  30. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 19, 2016 3:11 PM

    Amazing.

    >

  31. jimmysee says: Feb 19, 2016 3:14 PM

    This is why God invented insurance.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 3:16 PM

    They should leave the leak there so we can have the best of both worlds. If you’re someone who is desperate to watch football outside, sit under the leak so it feels like you’re getting rained on. I’ll be on the other side of the field and my coat will be in the car.

  33. staffmvp2014 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:18 PM

    The ship sprung a leak!!!

  34. seabrawk12 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:26 PM

    Somehow Blair Walsh is to blame.

  35. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 19, 2016 3:26 PM

    Skoalolol

  36. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 19, 2016 3:29 PM

    A great man once said, “It’s like Winter comes as a surprise to those people.”

  37. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 19, 2016 3:31 PM

    Absorbing the cost to fix the stadium is nothing compared to the way Eddie Lacy absorbs China food.

  38. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:32 PM

    At least the leak won’t harm any Superbowl banners

  39. mtball says: Feb 19, 2016 3:32 PM

    Responding to a comment that they do not use Lambeau for anything other than football – that is not true. Lambeau – the field is obviously an outdoor venue, but they built the atrium and hold events there year-round. The atrium addition has been a huge success for the organization. They do hold concerts at Lambeau (mostly drunk-fests from what I’ve read) in the summer, so it hasn’t just been a football only venue.

  40. usedjock says: Feb 19, 2016 3:35 PM

    S – Still
    K – Keep
    O – On
    L – Leaking

  41. gopack12go says: Feb 19, 2016 3:35 PM

    Must be embarrassing being a Viking fan . . . still.

  42. nhpats says: Feb 19, 2016 3:36 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM
    @ binkystevens

    Sorry, but I think most rational people would agree that:

    A) They would rather watch football games in comfortable conditions than outside in negative degree weather

    B) Warm weather = better quality of football

    ——————
    This post leaves little wonder why the Colts and their fans are the softest in the NFL.

  43. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 3:37 PM

    I don’t understand why they have such a hard time building big structures in Minnesota. Bridges, Metrodump and now this.

  44. rcali says: Feb 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    Uh oh taxpayers, better get out those wallets again! Can’t wait for our PAID FOR stadium is built in L.A.

  45. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    13worldchampioinships says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:52 PM
    Yes football should be played outside but when the public pays for half the dang thing it should be used longer than Sept-January.
    ___________

    I was replying to someone saying that “Indoor football quality is better” and making a point that Good football teams make quality football. I understand that, there are things like the SuperBowl and Final Four that will be held at US Bank Stadium that wouldn’t be if it is outdoors.

    The Vikings are moving into their second stadium since 1982… if you are going to build a new home every 35 years you should make it multipurpose, especially when it costs one BILLION dollars, the Packers have been playing at Lambeau for nearly 20 years LONGER than that so maybe they weren’t thinking about needing to host a monster truck rally… and GB has another venue that host State tournaments, college basketball. local hockey and many other events across the street, that I wouldn’t expect someone as ignorant that asummes “there is nothing else to do in GB” to be aware of.

  46. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:45 PM

    Nhpats you live in the boondocks of New Hampshire, if that isn’t soft I don’t know what is. Shouldn’t you be out hunting squirrel for dinner with your cousin Jim Bob? Come to Gary Indiana and call anybody soft, you’d be too scared to get out of your minivan

  47. tmswiu says: Feb 19, 2016 3:46 PM

    Cant build bridges or stadiunms

  48. jerruhjones says: Feb 19, 2016 3:50 PM

    You mean it’s already out of warranty? Who wrote that contract?

  49. orangeraider says: Feb 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    They will still need a lot more then a new stadium.
    Besides, AP.
    If you think Bridgewater is the answer, HAHAHAHAHA

  50. joker65 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:58 PM

    Duct tape!!!!

  51. son681 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    1 and done !!!!!!

  52. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:12 PM

    I’ve seen nicer looking IKEA’s.

  53. deltaoracle says: Feb 19, 2016 4:23 PM

    I’ve got half a roll of duct tape I’m willing to donate.
    For teams like the Packers, the sky is the limit. For the Vikes, a bad roof is the limit.

  54. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:25 PM

    The S.S. Minnow was more seaworthy.

  55. h0metownzero says: Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM

    They knew it was bad when it leaked worse than their offensive line.

  56. noringsforvikings says: Feb 19, 2016 4:30 PM

    “Wow, what a shock!”, said absolutely no one on this planet.

  57. jag1959 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:31 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 3:32 PM
    At least the leak won’t harm any Superbowl banners
    _________________________

    Or AFC participation banners. lol ethelmerman, no pretty ponies fan should ever bring up banners. colts are the definition of soft. Gary, lmao. Feel free to push your rusty pickup to Brooklyn for an education

  58. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 19, 2016 4:32 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:12 PM
    I’ve seen nicer looking IKEA’s.
    ——————-
    And I’ve seen nicer looking outdoor A&Ws than the Lambeau Dung Barn.

  59. icebowler says: Feb 19, 2016 4:33 PM

    Phil Swift to the rescue with 500,000 cans of Flex Seal. But wait!…If the Vikings act now, he’ll bring 1 million cans.

  60. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:39 PM

    Jag1959 Brooklyn the land of spoiled rich kids and trust fund baby hippies hahahaha thanks for the laugh. Shows how inept and clueless to reality you really are.

  61. 13worldchampioinships says: Feb 19, 2016 4:45 PM

    mtball says:Feb 19, 2016 3:32 PM

    Responding to a comment that they do not use Lambeau for anything other than football – that is not true. Lambeau – the field is obviously an outdoor venue, but they built the atrium and hold events there year-round. The atrium addition has been a huge success for the organization. They do hold concerts at Lambeau (mostly drunk-fests from what I’ve read) in the summer, so it hasn’t just been a football only venue.
    ——

    But can it hold state tournaments for baseball and football ranging from little league to D3 all year round? Do they do concerts January, February, March or April outdoors? Are there monster truck rallies? MONSTER TRUCK RALLIES?!?!?!?

  62. stellarperformance says: Feb 19, 2016 4:57 PM

    When John Wood was asked to summarize how this construction oversight typifies the Viking tradition, he shrugged his shoulders and said:

    “Wide Left.”

  63. jag1959 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:39 PM
    Jag1959 Brooklyn the land of spoiled rich kids and trust fund baby hippies hahahaha thanks for the laugh. Shows how inept and clueless to reality you really are.
    _______________________

    Yeah tons of trust fund babies from Red Hook and Vinegar Hill, lmao. Talk about clueless.

  64. theaveragecharlie says: Feb 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    This entire franchise is so consistent in so many ways. Skol.

  65. frank booth says: Feb 19, 2016 6:25 PM

    Looks like another “shopping mall” type stadium. Great amenities, zero character.

  66. vikesfansteve says: Feb 19, 2016 6:28 PM

    Just another thing to add to the list of 0-4 in Super Bowls, 0-5 NFC Championship games since the last SB appearance. Darren Nelson, Gary Anderson, 41-0, the Corrupt Ref’s, Favre’s Int and Petersons stone hands (repeatedly), the metronome collapse, the frozen rock solid turf, Blair Walsh’s shank and now a leaky roof just like the leaky whizzinator. It’s enough to make someone go all Carl Eller up in here.

  67. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:48 PM

    How much will it cost to fix that tricky echo problem in the trophy room?

  68. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 2:30 PM

    @ binkystevens

    Sorry, but I think most rational people would agree that:

    A) They would rather watch football games in comfortable conditions than outside in negative degree weather

    B) Warm weather = better quality of football
    —————————————-
    It pains me in unmentionable places to say this, but your argument is way off!

    All you need to do is look to Lambeau Field to see just how wrong you are!

  69. diehardpackfan says: Feb 19, 2016 7:05 PM

    Leaky roof for a leaky defense.

  70. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:24 PM

    MN has always struggled with quality control issues.

    Stadium construction.

    Football.

    Training camp safety.

    Personal hygiene.

    The list is endless.

  71. bigdogsolec says: Feb 19, 2016 7:25 PM

    WHERE was the roof contractor from ? There’s a windmill in north saint paul that was built an tested in ARIZONA. well that froze up the first winter it saw. an stayed frozen for awhile, “IF YOUR GONNA BUILD SOMETHING ” atleast build it in worse weather than the city it’s going to. the windmill , build in ALASKA “if heading to cold snowy states “, the roof . SHOULDA BEN BUILT in Minnesota.
    an yes IT SOMETIMES SNOW IN MN, an hard

  72. crowdedtrophycase says: Feb 19, 2016 7:43 PM

    Absolutely no chance of any rusty Lombardi trophies, so they got that going for them….which is nice.

  73. golforepar says: Feb 19, 2016 8:59 PM

    The good news is the Vikings have extra money since they didn’t waste any building a trophy cabinet!

  74. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:12 PM

    Big time packer stock holder chiming in! Why can’t we have nice things?

  75. worldserieschampiontwins says: Feb 19, 2016 11:59 PM

    Maybe we could borrow “Big Blue” from County Stadium in Milwaukee. I’m sure one of the cheeseheads could run it over here.

  76. whatjusthapped says: Feb 20, 2016 11:53 AM

    This isn’t the same engineering firm that built the bridge over I-35?

  77. surfinbird1 says: Feb 20, 2016 1:51 PM

    Four million bucks. How about a can of Flex seal for only $19.95 and if they call right now they’ll get a second can absolutely free.

  78. codythao35 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:51 PM

    At least it’s the roof but for the Packers, it would be leaking in their behind. Sun rises in the east but ends in the west. Go figure!

  79. codythao35 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:55 PM

    At least it’s the roof but for the Packers, it would be leaking in their behind. Sun rises in the east but ends in the west. Go figure!

    Vikings >Packers

  80. codythao35 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:57 PM

    At least it’s the roof but for the Packers, it would be leaking in their behind. Sun rises in the east but ends in the west. Go figure!
    Why can’t Packers have a beautiful stadium like the Vikings where great football for better people.

  81. goodellsucks43 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:38 PM

    Serves them right for not building an open air stadium.

  82. skolvike says: Feb 23, 2016 8:20 PM

    Oh, yeah, Packer fans, Lambeau is great. I love the aroma of pee with your open air troughs, your ancient steel bench seating and your “storied” history. NFL absolutely HAS to try to convince that rickety old cow barn is “storied” to convince out of state people to show up at all. It is without doubt the dump of the NFL.

  83. stellarperformance says: Feb 23, 2016 8:42 PM

    skolvike says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:20 PM
    Oh, yeah, Packer fans, Lambeau is great. I love the aroma of pee with your open air troughs, your ancient steel bench seating and your “storied” history. NFL absolutely HAS to try to convince that rickety old cow barn is “storied” to convince out of state people to show up at all. It is without doubt the dump of the NFL.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Idiot.

  84. boomshakalakaboomm says: Feb 24, 2016 2:24 AM

    Donald Trump will fix it and make the Packers pay for it!! Whoo-HOO!

  85. siuleno says: Feb 24, 2016 11:37 PM

    i do not condone the bridge jokes, tho. let’s keep it football, jerks.

  86. fmc651 says: Feb 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    There will be no aluminum benches at that stadium.
    Not every NFL team can say that.

  87. southpackalacky says: Mar 1, 2016 5:20 PM

    Bahahahaha

    I mean, who’s really shocked by this?

  88. southpackalacky says: Mar 1, 2016 5:21 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    There will be no aluminum benches at that stadium.
    Not every NFL team can say that.

    —-

    There aren’t any Lombardi trophies at that stadium.
    Not every NFL team can say that.

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