It’s cold and damp and not particularly pleasant in Minneapolis right now, but all that nasty stuff didn’t stop the Vikings from staging their official groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium. There’s something highly symbolic in this, don’t you think? Nothing will stop this new stadium from being built. Not politicians. Not skinflint citizens. Not crappy weather. Nothing.
Plenty of Viking luminaries turned out for the event as you would expect. The ownership contingent included Zygi and Mark Wilf. The front office contingent included Rick Spielman and Lester Bagley. The coaching staff was represented by Leslie Frazier. And one player was on hand to grab a shovel and symbolically break ground, Adrian Peterson.
And they all got hardhats with Viking horns on them!
Let’s play a fun game now. Take a gander at the image up there and guess how many of the Vikings people pictured will still be associated with the tean when the new stadium actually opens. Leslie Frazier? Seriously doubt it. Rick Spielman? Unlikely unless things turn around. Adrian Peterson? Probable.
So with the ground officially broken by millionaires wielding ceremonial golden shovels, the long and arduous task of stadium-building can begin. If things go according to plan the Metrodome will begin being dismantled sometime next February to make way for the construction. And in 2016, the new stadium will be ready to open.
Assuming aliens haven’t destroyed the earth by then.