By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN - We were all well aware that the building of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis was going to be a large project. But did you know that the third largest crawler crane in the world is being installed to help finish the $1 billion project?!?

Piece by piece, the crane has already started arriving in town this morning, but there's no need to rush to the construction site to catch a glimpse. The crawler crane will be delivered by 70 different truck loads over the next week and a half and will take nearly 11 days to construct.

Once assembled, the crane will stand nearly 400 feet high and will be able to lift up to 1,250 metric tons! The crawler tracks are roughly 8.5 feet high and the counter weight is north of 1 million pounds!

The monstrous crane will be on site for the next 15 months and will aid in constructing the roof truss.

Here is a time-lapse video demonstration showing how the crane will be constructed piece by piece at the stadium build site.

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