An Illicit Tour Of The New Vikings StadiumScott Heins6/17/15 3:29pmFiled to: minnesota vikingsstadiumsnew vikings stadiumu.s. bank stadiumnflurban explorationfleditor's picks7622EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Vikings’ new billion-dollar stadium is little more than a year from opening, and feels much further away. Bulldozers work upon the patch of broken earth that will eventually become a football field. Its upper deck levels are nothing but giant, bare, staircase-like concrete slabs and along every concourse sit piles of cinder blocks and scuffed-up scaffolding. Above the mess stretches a lattice of giant beams—the inchoate beginnings of a translucent roof. Minneapolis has committed $150 million to the stadium, and the state is paying $348 million: there’s no higher-profile construction site in all of Minnesota.