Mortenson, stadium authority at odds over $15M in Vikings stadium costs


The construction company building the new Vikings stadium and the group responsible for overseeing its operation are in a dispute over $15 million.

M.A. Mortenson Company says it shouldn't be on the hook for that money, and is requesting mediation with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, MPR reports.

Mortenson says the extra work came from changes that the MSFA ordered, the Business Journal notes.

The MSFA, in a statement on its site, argues the construction agreement includes a guaranteed maximum price – meaning any risk of cost disputes would be the responsibility of Mortenson.

Arbitration could come if the sides can't come to an agreement through mediation.

The sports facilities authority was created by the legislature in 2012 to oversee the design, construction and operation of U.S. Bank Stadium, its website says. Its next meeting is Aug. 21.

In June, the authority's treasurer Duane Benson abruptly quit after a public falling out with its chair. On his way out, he told the Star Tribune the cost of the stadium could be $35-$50 million over budget.

Michele Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale, who head the authority, said that wasn't the case, and any overruns would be covered by the $29 million contingency fund, the paper reported.

Next Up

Northern Metals

Firefighters battling large blaze at Northern Metal site in Minneapolis

The fire sent a plume of thick smoke into the skyline.

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 12.10.00 PM

Charges: St. Cloud woman maced, fatally stabbed man in alley

A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital 32 minutes after the 911 call was made.


Gasthof's building in Northeast Minneapolis is for sale

The restaurant opened in 1992 and has been closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


1 dead in single-vehicle crash in Kandiyohi County

Deaths on Minnesota roads are up approximately 20% from the same point last year.

Irwin Jacobs home

Neighbor sues to block estate from dividing billionaire's Lake Minnetonka property

The estate of Irwin Jacobs wants to build six new homes on the late businessman's property.


In the better burger battle, does Culver's trump In-N-Out?

A website says Culver's is far superior to In-N-Out.

George Floyd mural

Darnella Frazier, who filmed the video of Floyd's arrest, reacts to guilty verdict

Frazier's video challenged the initial narrative of Floyd's arrest presented by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Burnsville police shooting

Man fatally shot by police near I-35W in Burnsville is identified

The suspect killed in the incident is from western Wisconsin.

covid, vaccine

Mayo Clinic opens vaccine appointments to non-patients

After a rush for appointments, other vaccine providers are also reporting more open appointments.