Football season is fast approaching and every city throughout America is preparing to cheer on their team. There probably isn’t a team more excited to start their year than the Minnesota Vikings this year, as they finally get to plan in their brand new stadium, the US Bank Stadium.
In January of 2014, demolition officially began on the Metrodome, the Vikings previous stadium. The Metrodome, built by Barton-Malow, was home to the Vikings since 1982 and cost around $55 million ($179 million in 2016 dollars). It was also the home stadium for the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 2009. For football, the old Metrodome held a maximum capacity of 64,121 people.
For the past 2 and a half years, the brand new US Bank Stadium has been under construction, so the Vikings have had to make a temporary home at the University of Minnesota campus, which opened in 2009 and holds a capacity of 52,525. The US Bank Stadium, which is being carried out by Mortenson Construction, officially opened its doors on Saturday, July 23 to allow fans to get their first look of all the hard work that occurred the past two seasons. In total, the new stadium will hold 66,200 people and cost over $1 billion, almost 20 times what the Metrodome cost to build. By comparison, the outlandish AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, cost $1.3 billion and holds a capacity of 80,000 people. Though the new stadium will only hold a couple thousand more attendees, it’s actually almost 2 times larger than the old stadium (1,750,000 vs 900,000 square feet), has over twice the amount of restrooms, over a 100 more concession stands, and a video board 13 times larger than the old.
Below you can watch a combined timelapse video of the demolition of the Metrodome and the construction of US Bank Standium. Below that, you can take a tour of the inside of the new stadium alongside of some of the Vikings players.
Inside Tour Video
Not all demolition videos can be implosions and that’s OK, because each type of demolition is its own art form. Sometimes contractors are bound by the constraints of the job, especially when located in an area with a large concentration of pedestrians and other public areas. That was the case for the construction site of the future One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City, which just completed the demolition of five different buildings covering an entire city block.
“They don’t build ‘em like they used to,” as people love to say. That phrase could definitely be applicable to the 93 year old Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, that refused to fall even after it was lined with explosives. This certainly isn’t the first time a demolition has failed and it’s probably not the last.
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Habitat for Humanity is one of the construction industry’s favorite volunteer organization and for good reason. Over the past 40 years, the non-profit builder has helped construct, rehabilitate, or preserve over 800,000 affordable houses for families in need. It’s truly an area that construction workers throughout the world can showcase their skills and donate their time, in order to give back to their community.
It’s not often that a gigantic pack of construction vehicles are seen on the same site together, been when they do, it’s pretty memorizing. Some of our favorite construction videos of all time involve more machines than you would think could fit in one space, like this 10 hour demolition of a Canadian Overpass or this video of 116 excavators working side-by-side in China. Very few jobsites have the luxury of throwing a bunch of machines and labor on a project, but, if performed correctly, it can get a job done pretty quickly.
Just because construction work happens every day, doesn’t make it any less thrilling of a job. Some people like to climb mountains, others like to climb building that are under construction and bridges that need maintained. Some people don’t like looking over balconies a few stories off the ground, yet many times construction and maintenance workers have to actually do work while dangling 500 feet up in the air.
Decades in the making, The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) officially opened its doors to the public on September 24, 2016. Contained inside are over 36,000 artifacts that document and promote the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history and is “the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture,” according to the museum’s website.
The Onion, the fake news site known equally for its amazing funny satire as its poignant social commentary, has been entertaining people and confusing others into thinking their content is real since 1988. In recent years, the Onion has evolved from simply print media, to audio and visual content, as well. In one of their recent series, Sportology, which parodies ESPN’s Sport Science, the company absolutely skewered the reported terrible working conditions that Brazilian construction workers faced while completing the venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 11 workers were killed over the course of the projects and there were many infractions reported that some workers had 23 hour shifts or worked 25 days straight.
Last year, we shared a video of 6 Scottish high rise buildings that were imploded simultaneously, which was one of our favorite demolition videos of 2015. The problem, however, was that only 4 of them actually fell completely, causing delays as crews had to use high reach machinery to complete the job.
The final product of record breaking structures get a lot of publicity, but what the public doesn’t see is the years of hard work that went into breaking that record. Construction workers are the unsung heroes projects, rarely getting the recognition that they deserve. Last week, we showed you the amazing footage of the tallest and longest glass bridge, which is a 1410 foot long (430m) and 984 foot tall (300m) fear inducing tourist attraction in China’s Avatar Mountains.