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Vikings stadium suffers water damage from faulty snow gutters

MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
U.S. Bank Stadium

A billion dollars doesn’t buy what it used to. KMSP reports: “About 30 percent of the exterior panels of US Bank Stadium must be removed to fix water damage linked to leaks in the snow gutter system. The damage will cost about $3 million to $4 million, which will be covered by the stadium contractors and designers. … The US Bank Stadium signs will have to be removed to access the damaged vapor barrier. The metal exterior panels themselves are not damaged.”

Have they considered “Downtown East”? Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Nick Halter writes: “The East Downtown Council and various downtown Minneapolis neighborhood groups this week are getting their first peek at potential brand names for the district surrounding U.S. Bank Stadium. … The council is spearheading the search for a new moniker that will tie together part of two booming neighborhoods near the $1 billion football stadium, Elliot Park and Downtown East, with one coherent, easy-to-recognize name that transcends boundaries. It would be comparable to places like the North Loop in Minneapolis, Lowertown in St. Paul, LoDo in Denver and the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Mo.”

Titanium Range? The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports: “Iron ore has been mined in the state for a century and copper may be just around the corner, but University of Minnesota researchers say a new mineral might be even more valuable. … It’s called ilmenite, an iron-titanium compound, and there’s apparently large deposits of it across the Iron Range, including a site northeast of Hoyt Lakes.”

Trouble, right here in Fargo city. Inforum’s Helmut Schmidt reports: “Pool-playing seniors say they’re getting a bad break with the move of the downtown senior center from its longtime home at the historic Depot to its new home at 1461 Broadway. … Park District officials have decided the two pool tables at the Depot won’t have a place in the new digs, officials said.

In other news…

“Unlicensed gun dealer indicted on federal firearms charges” [AP via MPR]

Walz: in favor of domestic energy [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Apollonia remembers Vanity. [AP]

New Har Mar album. [City Pages]

Former Twin Nick Punto is retiring. [Pioneer Press]

R.I.P. Harper Lee:

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/19/2016 - 04:13 pm.

    Perhaps the Designers of the New Vikings Stadium

    can now join the hall of fame for leaking buildings started by Frank Lloyd Wright,…

    whose amazing and beautiful buildings were well known for having serious troubles with leaks.

    It seems that building materials of his day did not exhibit the kinds of adhesive properties, flexibility, and temperature tolerance that Mr. Wright’s designs needed.

    Materials which became available later resolved those issues quite nicely.

    Still, I can’t help but scratch my head regarding the Vikings Stadium and wonder whether this was a design failure,…

    or a failure to build what was designed.

    • Submitted by Charles Holtman on 02/19/2016 - 06:41 pm.

      I’m sorry that the contractors are going to pay for the damage.

      As a Minneapolis and Hennepin County taxpayer, I was hoping I would have the opportunity to do so.

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