The team that will build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is beginning to fall into place.
The Vikings say they've retained well-known Minneapolis law firm Briggs and Morgan to handle the team's legal work during the construction process. They've also hired a project manager — the same manager that helped the Philadelphia Eagles build Lincoln Financial Field and the New Jersey Devils build the Prudential Center in Newark.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is expected to pick an environmental consultant and a project manager of its own in Minneapolis Friday morning. The team and the authority will be working on the project jointly. The five-member authority is also scheduled to formally call for architects and construction management companies to submit their proposals for the new stadium.
The state approved a $1 billion deal for a new stadium this spring. Construction is expected to formally begin near the Metrodome next year, and the team is expected to play there in 2016.