World's 3rd-largest crane erected in Mpls to help build Vikings stadium [PHOTOS]

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All photos via MSFA
The stacked blue squares with yellow triangles form the crane's one million pounds of counterweight.
A nearly 400-foot-tall crane is now, um, erect at the site of the new Vikings stadium, where it will remain for the next 15 months as the stadium construction continues.

The Terex CC6800 is reportedly the third-largest crane in the world. It can lift up to 1,250 metric tons and has more than one million pounds counterweight, according to info provided by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority.

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It was shipped from Pennsylvania last month in 70 truckloads, then assembled over the course of 11 days.

For context, consider that at 400-feet tall, the crane would be the 20th-tallest building in Minneapolis, just behind the 404-foot-tall Hennepin County Government Center.

The crane is still being tested. Its first real construction-related project will be to lift steel pieces of the stadium's inner column weighing up to 400,000 pounds. The heaviest load the crane is slated to lift during its time in Minneapolis is a 450,000 pound piece of the stadium's roof.

Jenn Hathaway, MSFA spokesperson, tells us the crane "is really there to erect the roof structure. Those pieces are big and heavy."

With regard to MPR's claim that the crane is the third-largest in the world, Hathaway says, "We never said it was third-largest, we said it was one of the largest."

"I haven't done any research as to the level of bigness, but it is one of the biggest of its type in the world," she says. "There are very few cranes that can pick up 630,000 pounds like the one we were able to get."

In a news release, the MSFA took a local angle on the crane's presence.

"The stadium project is contracting with hundreds of Minnesota businesses and will employ thousands of Minnesotans," Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the MSFA, says. "Two of the newest employees -- veteran crane operators, managing the new CC6800 -- are from Buffalo and Becker, Minnesota."

The MSFA also released a handful of photos of the crane. To see 'em, click to page two.


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49 comments
Eddie Phillips
Eddie Phillips

Reported on the Vikings website a week ago. When will you chumps get some original content?

Leo Jones
Leo Jones

Build them a new stadium for what? no Super Bowl win! Oh wells, let the tax payers pay it! Lol

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

Still not the biggest tool in minnesota.

Nance Broncate
Nance Broncate

Hope it doesn't tip over and kill a few workers like the one used to build the stadium in Milwaukee did.

Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

Where's the time-lapse film of it being assembled? :)

tola.vann
tola.vann

So what crane was used to assemble this crane?

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

Regardless of what it's being used for, that's still a pretty amazing piece of equipment.

Dave Holmen
Dave Holmen

At least it won't have to worry about building a Super Bowl trophy case.

Aaron Jacobson
Aaron Jacobson

It's amazing the amount of money and effort thrown into pure bullshit.

Tatum Vanyo
Tatum Vanyo

eeehhh whhhyyyyy, such a waste of time/money

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

Jesus Christ, I have to stop reading the comments on city pages blogs....between this and the Betsy hodges "twitter scandal"...people's reactions and negativity are embarrassing to say the least.

Alex Hondl
Alex Hondl

If you ain't first, you're last...

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Every team in the league gets a new stadiums you imbeciles.

Matthew Jay Thompson
Matthew Jay Thompson

For the record, that is *NOT* the 3rd largest crane in the world... I wish someone would do a little fact-checking.

Robin Hanson
Robin Hanson

in 5 or 10 years the vikings are going to be whining about how this stadium isn't good enough and they want a better one.

Tammy Sam Souder
Tammy Sam Souder

At what cost to us?? Show us the numbers...there's a story

Dan Ocker
Dan Ocker

Same reason we care about the stupid stuff you like.

Gerri Gerri
Gerri Gerri

Why do we care about a crane that probably cost the tax paying people to get shipped over here to build a stadium for a bunch of narcissistic monkeys wearing purple suits who get paid millions of dollars to keep us distracted from the real issues at hand? Fuck the system.

Lorie Haddad
Lorie Haddad

Jennifer Haddad Duffy- look!! It's the 3rd largest crane!! Isn't that fantastic??!?!

Brian Nieken
Brian Nieken

Awesome. Jobs for Minnesotans and a new stadium to boot. Go Vikings!

Gene Hawk
Gene Hawk

To build a stadium nobody wants.

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

Never understood why you need a huge crane to build a shit hole !

Chad Kunkel
Chad Kunkel

I wonder if its still just one crane out of a 1000?

fmmiller
fmmiller

"A nearly 400-foot-tall crane is now, um, erect ..."

What are you, 12?!?

Eric Hapka
Eric Hapka

Oh hey look, it's an article that doesn't suck.

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