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Updated: January 2nd, 2013 4:38pm
Ground will be broken on Vikings' new stadium during the 2013 season

Ground will be broken on Vikings' new stadium during the 2013 season

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Ground will be broken on the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in downtown Minneapolis during the 2013 season, according to a press release sent out Wednesday by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

The Vikings and MSFA, who have been working together on the stadium project, said that while the project "remains on time and on budget" they have decided to push back the announcement of a construction manager to Feb. 1.

The design of the stadium will be unveiled in the spring.

The stadium will sit on the same footprint as the Metrodome.

Because the new venue will take up far more ground than the Metrodome, the ground breaking will occur behind the current stadium. The Vikings likely will spend the 2014 and 2015 seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus before moving into their new home in 2016.

HKS Sports & Entertainment already has been hired as the architectural firm for the stadium.

The Vikings also sent out another survey to season-ticket holders on Wednesday to get feedback on the "fan experience."

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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