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Vikings stadium groundbreaking set for Oct. '13

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is tentatively set for October 2013.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen announced the date at Friday's board meeting.

The $975 million stadium will be built on the site of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports the date is a bit later that the timetable previously mentioned by authority and team officials. They initially projected groundbreaking to take place sometime during the third quarter of 2013.

But Kelm-Helgen says both the Vikings and the authority "are good" with the timeframe.

The Vikings hope to open the new stadium in time for the 2016 season.

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