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Minnesota Vikings to use massive crane for new stadium roof


The Minnesota Vikings aren’t wasting any time on their new stadium. They’re also not wasting any expense. In order to hoist steel up for the roof of the new Vikings Stadium, that will sit over 300 feet off the ground, the construction crew will be employing one of the largest cranes in the world, per the Star-Tribune.

It’s called the Terex Demag CC 6800 crawler crane. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, that’s just fine. Put it into perspective with the help of the mammoth machine’s preparation schedule, as detailed in the article. “It takes 70 truckloads and 10 days to deliver the crane’s parts. Then it takes 11 days to assemble and erect the crane. Once erect, the crane will be 400 feet high.”

There’s no word on whether or not the crane is vulnerable to kryptonite or whether it will transform into a talking alien robot on a mission to save Earth from other talking alien robots.

The crane will be used to build the roof truss structure that stands more than 300 feet off the ground and will remain on the construction site for the next 15 months. Apparently no one is worried about the crane being stolen in that time because, well, duh.

Vikings Stadium is scheduled to open for the 2016 NFL season and its construction is projected to cost around $1 billion. The stadium will play host to the 2018 Super Bowl.

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