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I had another take on the whole new home for the Vikings debate; Jobs! The Vikings claim 7,500 construction jobs will be created, Mortenson Construction claims 1,600 construction workers will be needed to build a stadium (Mortenson has built a majority of Minnesota’s large stadiums so their numbers are more believable to me). Will they all necessarily be Minnesota jobs? Mortenson will more than likely get the General Contractor bid, so how many people, equipment, and supplies will they bring in from out of state? Heck, they brought grass from Colorado for Target Field! There are still engineers and architects who need jobs and Minnesota stadiums tend to outsource that portion.

A little history on Minnesota Stadiums (according to Wikipedia):

Target Field

  • Architecture (these guys are doing all the newer venues)
    Populous/HOK Sport
    300 Wyandotte
    Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Project Manager
    International Facilities Group, LLC.
    105 West Adams Street Suite 2700
    Chicago IL 60603
  • Structural engineer
    Walter P Moore Engineers and Consultants
    1301 Mckinney St # 1100
    Houston, TX 77010-3064
  • General Contractor
    Mortenson/Thor
    700 Meadow Lane North
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
  • Grass (Minnesota can't even grow grass good enough for Minnesota baseball)
    Graff's Turf Farm
    Fort Morgan, Colorado
  • TCF Bank Stadium

  • Architect
    Populous (formerly HOK Sport), Architectural Alliance, Studio Hive
  • Structural engineer
    Magnusson Klemencic Associates
    1301 5th Ave # 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101-2614
  • General Contractor
    M.A. Mortenson Company
    700 Meadow Lane North
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
  • Xcel Energy Center

  • Architecture (Again Minnesotans weren't good enough to be the lead Architects)
    Populous/HOK Sport
  • Project Manager
    Mortenson/Thor
    700 Meadow Lane North
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
  • Structural engineer
    Geiger Engineers PC
    2 Executive Blvd # 410
    Suffern, NY 10901-8220
  • Services engineer
    M*E Engineers
  • General Contractor
    WNW Steel Co.
  • Target Center (something needs to be said of how much Minnesota went into this venue)

  • Architect
    KMR Architects
    7600 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 200
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55416
  • Project Manager
    M.A. Mortenson Company
    700 Meadow Lane North
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
  • Structural engineer
    Ericksen Roed and Associates, Inc.
    2550 University Ave W # 201S
    Saint Paul, MN 55114-1904
  • General Contractor
    Ames Construction
    14420 County Road 5
    Burnsville, MN 55306-6997
  • Metrodome

  • Architect
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
    Chicago, Il
  • Structural engineer
    Geiger Berger Associates
    New York City
  • General Contractor
    Barton-Malow
    26500 American Drive
    Southfield, MI 48034
  • Concessions (Minnesota companies don’t even get the majority of the concessions contracts)

  • Excel & Metrodome Centerplate 2187 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT 06902
  • Morrissey Hospitality (St Paul) is the premium seats caterer at Excel
  • Target Field & Target Center Delaware North Companies Sportservice 40 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, New York 14202
  • TCF Bank Stadium Aramark 1101 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Management

  • Target Field - ?
  • Excel Center - Self-Managed
  • Target Center - AEG Corporate Headquarters
    800 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 305
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Metrodome - ?
  • So are Minnesotans going to have to pay for a stadium for a New Jersey native with another home in Chandler, AZ, designed and engineered by companies out of state, possibly managed by an out of state firm with an out of state concessionaire? Don’t most players claim other states for residence, to pay the less Minnesota tax?