7 Minute Miles

The stadium chapter concludes

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Business,Family,Football,Friends,Personal,Work at 10:50 PM

Yesterday was my last official day working at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Director of IT. I was about a week shy of six years, but what a wild ride it has been:

  • Five plus seasons of Vikings Football (including the Minneapolis Miracle)
  • Super Bowl LII
  • Men’s Final Four
  • Summer X Games
  • A.C. Milan vs. Chelsea
  • Monster Jam and Super Cross dirt shows
  • MSHSL Championships
  • Metallica, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Guns Nโ€™ Roses, Beyoncรฉ and Jay-Z, U2 with Beck (and many other shows)

It’s been an honor to work in this building from pre-opening through today, partnering with outstanding organizations, working with truly amazing people and learning an awful lot about the sports and entertainment industry.

There are really too many people to thank for helping me succeed in this chapter of my life, but I’d like to call out a few:

  • Armon Farrari, who I stole from Apple (h/t Pash) and who became one of the best technology managers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with in any industry.
  • Curtis Schmillen, Director of Operations, Leo Pidde (now retired) and Ed Kroics (who took Leo’s place): just an amazing group of coworkers inside the building and great people to be with outside of work – be it on a golf course or at a happy hour.
  • Jim Farstad, executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (and former technology consultant during construction): a true renaissance man in every way.
  • Inaugural GM Patrick Talty (and HR manager Shelly Wynia) for picking me to join the opening team back in 2015.
  • Current GM John Drum, who helped during my health emergency outside the stadium in 2018.
  • The CTAC team at CenturyLink (now Lumen) that designed and built the original technology infrastructure: Andy Diment, Mark Olson and Evan Teisberg. Still helping to this day, extraordinary knowledge that always made my job “really pretty simple.”
  • Bill Anderson and Wesley Terry at AmpThink: no one in the world knows more about WiFi than these two individuals.
  • Mentor Doug Podolak: your continued support of my career (and friendship) means the world to me.
  • My wife and daughters: zero percent chance I’d be here today without their love and support. You da best โค๏ธ

Lastly, to everyone at the Vikings (past and present): you’ve been great partners and I can’t wait to see you bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy to the great state of Minnesota. Skol, Vikings!

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 10:50 pm

Two classic wide-angles

Posted Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 8:09 PM

Skol Vikings + Chuckles = separated at birth?

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:09 pm

End of a purple era ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿˆ

Posted Sunday, October 10th, 2021 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 7:47 PM

Last Vikings game @ U.S. Bank Stadium: Vikings 19, Lions 17

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Now Hiring – Inquire Within

Posted Saturday, October 9th, 2021 10:16 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links,Technology,Work at 10:16 AM

https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1152751&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000780763706#/

Originally published by DK on October 9, 2021 at 10:16 am

Row the boat (to Cub)

Posted Friday, October 1st, 2021 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Football,Shopping at 7:51 PM

You never know who you will run into at the grocery store

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Testing the snow machines

Posted Friday, October 1st, 2021 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Football,Weather,Work at 3:40 PM

I was a skeptic, but it really is a cool effect โ„๏ธ

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm

Raiders Nation

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 4:39 PM

Quick first visit to M Resort

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:39 pm

The King of Sportbooks

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 6:43 PM

Doing the hard research for work #LeaguePartners

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:43 pm

Goldy is still smiling

Posted Friday, September 3rd, 2021 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Football,Golf at 12:46 PM

Despite the rain and the loss to THE Ohio State

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Cheesehead crop art

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 10:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Football at 10:31 AM

Blue ribbon from me

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

Here we go, 2021 Edition

Posted Saturday, August 14th, 2021 10:04 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 10:04 AM

Release the hounds!

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

Winter is Coming

Posted Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 6:51 PM

MAKE IT LOUD

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Almost back to normal

Posted Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 06:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 6:38 PM

Third time’s the charm, right?

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Cat’s out of the bag now

Posted Saturday, July 31st, 2021 03:06 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Football,Work at 3:06 PM

Original Hockey Mom Brownies are coming to my office this fall

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm

Pretty much live here now

Posted Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 4:27 PM

…but the artwork is nice

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2021 at 4:27 pm

Curious Minnesota

Posted Monday, July 5th, 2021 08:24 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,News,Work at 8:24 AM

Why is my office always in the Star Tribune?

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2021 at 8:24 am

Getting the joint ready

Posted Thursday, July 1st, 2021 10:00 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 10:00 AM

Stadium Opening 2.0

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2021 at 10:00 am

Help Wanted at USBS

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 2:38 PM

Events are coming back and U.S. Bank Stadium needs help getting ready. Looking for an entry-level tech support candidate to join my team this summer:

  • Will train – great first job for a tech-savvy graduate
  • NFL game day excitement at least ten days a year
  • Good chance of working with roadies from world-famous bands
  • Get paid to learn really expensive systems and equipment
  • Flexible hybrid remote and onsite work environment
  • Cool office that makes the news on a regular basis
  • Fun team, decent boss

The posting is now up on the stadium website, while here is the direct link to the ADP hiring site (PDF here).

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Football looms ๐Ÿˆ

Posted Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 3:48 PM

Getting ready for another go

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Ready for the jabs

Posted Thursday, April 8th, 2021 09:28 am GMT -5 in Football,Science,Work at 9:28 AM

First of four days @ USBS

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2021 at 9:28 am

Excited to help this weekend

Posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Football,Science,Work at 10:02 PM

10,000 more shots in four days

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

Cheers to the staff in Tampa ๐Ÿˆ

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2021 10:27 pm GMT -5 in Football,History,Work at 10:27 PM

Exhale. L.A., you’re on the clock

Originally published by DK on February 7, 2021 at 10:27 pm

Football Sunday Food

Posted Sunday, January 24th, 2021 03:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 3:20 PM

These things are expensive, but so good

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Nothing beats the actual office

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2021 11:02 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Football,Technology,Work at 11:02 PM

Flexibility (and safety) is great, but nothing beats in person

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2021 at 11:02 pm

Reflections on Season Five

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 06:14 pm GMT -5 in Football,Mini Posts,Technology,Work at 6:14 PM

My head is still spinning after returning home from the last home game of a very strange 2020 season:

  • Games with fewer people aren’t as stressful overall, but it still takes me several hours to wind down after the final whistle blows.
  • Immensely thankful everyone on our team stayed healthy all season.
  • I don’t walk nearly as many steps on game day since we got a Cushman for IT.
  • Five regular seasons already? 2016: 5-3, 2017: 7-1, 2018: 5-3, 2019: 6-2, 2020: 3-5
  • The people in the Vikings organization are extraordinary and it’s a pleasure to work with them year after year.
  • Three stadiums are now newer than us in the NFL, but next year will feel like opening the building all over again.

Just a few things to clean up this week in the building, then on to 2021…

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Up and good

Posted Sunday, December 6th, 2020 07:43 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 7:43 PM

Got my money’s worth on that one

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Oh, Clark (County)

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links at 4:39 PM

Clark County Takes $11.6 Million From Reserves to Meet Raiders Stadium Payment

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

Somebody bring back the ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Posted Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 07:37 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 7:37 PM

Fans would probably be good too

Originally published by DK on November 22, 2020 at 7:37 pm

Prepping for Dallas

Posted Friday, November 20th, 2020 09:31 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:31 PM

Still seems like so much to do

Originally published by DK on November 20, 2020 at 9:31 pm

We went 0-10

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 09:57 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Games at 9:57 AM

Tank for Trevor?

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 9:57 am

So long, old friend

Posted Sunday, November 8th, 2020 02:21 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 2:21 PM

Remembering Sid ๐Ÿ’œ

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Fall (re)construction

Posted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 05:47 pm GMT -5 in Football,Weather,Work at 5:47 PM

It’s coming back together again – slowly

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Electronic pull tabs still exist!

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Games at 10:05 PM

And now it’s obvious what it funds

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm

Please wear your mask

Posted Monday, September 14th, 2020 01:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:13 PM

Correctly, too

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Skol Vikings

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 07:31 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 7:31 AM

Are you ready for some football?

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2020 at 7:31 am

New art at the office

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2020 09:52 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 9:52 PM

Lower Pentair lobby @ USBS

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Wonder how he likes Buffalo

Posted Friday, August 14th, 2020 05:12 pm GMT -5 in Football at 5:12 PM

Oh, Diggsy – it was truly a Minneapolis Miracle

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

The Al Michaels seat is ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 03:41 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 3:41 PM

Testing broadcast connections

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm

Still ready and waiting

Posted Monday, July 20th, 2020 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:36 PM

Looked good today @ USBS

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

My second meme

Posted Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 06:52 pm GMT -5 in Football,Pets,Pop Culture at 6:52 PM

SNOL @ USBS – he likes to move it, move it

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2020 at 6:52 pm

A Big Shard of Ice

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Design,Football,History,Links at 8:16 PM

https://theathletic.com/1902636/2020/07/07/us-bank-stadium-rejected-designs-retractable-roof-big-shard-of-ice/

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Field is still there

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:28 PM

Hoping it gets used in 2020

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 1:28 pm

The schedule is set

Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2020 09:15 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:15 PM

Hope it sticks (even if it’s TV-only)

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Do not enter

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 3:24 PM

Still there, still closed

Originally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Congratulations, Leo

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2020 09:48 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Golf,Work at 9:48 AM

Well-earned retirement

Originally published by DK on May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am

Drove around a bit

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 06:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 6:50 PM

So bittersweet right now

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Someday, we hope

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 04:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football at 4:35 PM

I’ll take any kind of home opener at this point

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2020 at 4:35 pm

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,History,Personal at 2:48 PM

That’s still about right

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

12 purple minutes at halftime

Posted Saturday, February 1st, 2020 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Football,History,Links,Music at 1:21 PM

https://deadspin.com/lets-watch-princes-super-bowl-halftime-show-the-best-w-1772302774

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Purple piece of history

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2020 10:06 pm GMT -5 in Football,History,Work at 10:06 PM

Original turf sample from U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm

Great to see this crew

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2019 07:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 7:50 PM

Lots of Vegas in the house

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Yeah, Iโ€™d hang out here

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 02:31 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 2:31 PM

Everybody is in your way, but it would be cool once or twice

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

That one will be nuts

Posted Sunday, December 8th, 2019 04:46 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 4:46 PM

And on Monday Night too

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Silly tourists

Posted Friday, December 6th, 2019 01:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel,Work at 1:58 PM

The Bean still rocks, though

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Four days of football

Posted Friday, November 15th, 2019 04:33 pm GMT -5 in Football,Schools,Work at 4:33 PM

So. Much. Football.

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Gonna need a bigger boat

Posted Saturday, November 9th, 2019 03:42 pm GMT -5 in Football,Schools,Television at 3:42 PM

The boat no longer goes to Loserville!

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Sunday Night Football

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Travel at 10:01 PM

As seen on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Welcome to the Ring

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2019 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 8:27 PM

Blow that horn, Steve Jordan

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Hadnโ€™t seen this before

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 12:09 PM

Super Bowl LII artwork

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Halfway done

Posted Sunday, October 13th, 2019 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 4:30 PM

Impressive win by the home team

Originally published by DK on October 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Night Mode on the new phone

Posted Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 07:37 am GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 7:37 AM

All the field lights were completely off when I took this…

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

Iโ€™m a bad alumni

Posted Friday, September 13th, 2019 03:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Schools at 3:58 PM

Probably should’ve gone to this

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Home opener

Posted Sunday, September 8th, 2019 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 2:57 PM

The Erben Brothers; Jen of the North

Originally published by DK on September 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Tweet: It bugs me more than it should that the New York Times style guide uses โ€œN.F.L.โ€ and not โ€œNFLโ€

Posted Friday, September 6th, 2019 12:05 pm GMT -5 in Football,Tweets at 12:05 PM

It bugs me more than it should that the New York Times style guide uses โ€œN.F.L.โ€ and not โ€œNFLโ€

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Love this crew

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 11:19 PM

Thanks Rich (and team) for a great day

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Preseason #2

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 1:53 PM

They should all count

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Ticket system #4

Posted Monday, August 12th, 2019 08:15 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 8:15 PM

Technically five, I think

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Open the Gates

Posted Monday, August 12th, 2019 08:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:13 PM

It’s almost that time

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm

The longhouse is coming

Posted Thursday, August 8th, 2019 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 4:06 PM

Why isn’t this just permanent?

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Are you ready for some football?

Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 03:55 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 3:55 PM

No.

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm