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Associated Press, Published January 21 2013

Three firms in the bidding to build Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS – Three construction firms submitted bids to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium by Monday’s deadline, including one local company, according to the agency overseeing bidding.

Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, Hunt Construction Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Skanska AB’s New York office are in the running to build the $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will select a company in the first week of February, authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said. Bidding closed Monday morning, and all three firms will interview with the authority later this week.

Team officials and the sports authority hope to have the stadium ready for the 2016 Vikings season.