Construction on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium started last December. When complete in 2016, the building will rise about 300 feet above ground, house 65,000 seats and cost upward of $1 billion. Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson checked in on how construction is going. A large support beam structure is painted as construction on the new Vikings stadium continues in downtown Minneapolis. Two matching support structures rise from the construction of the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Parts of structural support beams lay disassembled as construction on the new Vikings stadium continues in downtown Minneapolis.