Key Vikings stadium contract to be awarded

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has set a special meeting for the end of this week and has scheduled the selection of a construction manager to oversee building the new stadium. Construction is expected to account for more than $800 million of the nearly billion dollar-total cost of the project.

Two companies are named finalists for the work. Minneapolis based Mortenson Construction was actually picked once before, in 2008, as a stadium builder in a previous plan to replace the Metrodome. Arizona-based Hunt Construction, which has a joint venture agreement with Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson, is also in the running.

The winner is expected to break ground as soon as October.

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