The Minnesota Vikings are 73 days away from the ribbon-cutting on their new stadium, and 85 days from the first event — an international soccer game between Chelsea and A.C. Milan. With most of the exterior work done, most efforts are now focused on the inside of the stadium, primarily the concourses and the field itself. Tuesday, the Vikings invited reporters inside the new palace to check out the progress.
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Sam Ekstrom is an executive producer and host at Locked On Sports Minnesota. He's previously covered the Vikings for 105 The Ticket, Zone Coverage, Purple Insider, and the Associated Press. He grew up in Vermillion, S.D. rooting for the USD Coyotes (not SDSU) and graduated from Dordt (not "dork") University in Sioux Center, Iowa.