About a week and a half ago, we told you that there were six companies that were preparing to submit bids to be the construction company to build the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Well, with the deadline for submissions having passed, we can tell you that there are, in all actuality, just three companies competing for those rights, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The final three companies are as follows:
-Hunt Construction, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to the Star-Tribune article, they've built a dozen National Football League stadiums (including two that have retractable roofs.)
-Mortenson Construction, based in Minneapolis. They're the people behind pretty much every current Twin Cities stadium, as they've built the Target Center (home of the Minnesota Timberwolves), Target Field (Minnesota Twins), the XCel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild), and TCF Bank Stadium (Minnesota Golden Gophers football).
Mortenson is the only local company to have submitted a bid, but as the article points out, if either Hunt or Skanska is selected, they would likely pair up with smaller local companies to coordinate the work. Both the newly-formed stadium authority and the team are committed to making sure much of the work goes to workers in the state of Minnesota.
The team will interview the bidders and review the proposals on Wednesday, and have their decision made by early February.