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signs of super bowl buildup are now showing in minneapolis

after a whirlwind of construction this summer in downtown minneapolis, more work has begun. only this time there’s a firm feb. 4 deadline.signs of the coming super bowl are starting to pop up around downtown, from u.s. bank stadium to nicollet mall.on monday, workers installed the first of what will be five miles of chain-link fencing on concrete slabs around u.s. bank stadium, part of a roughly 2½-block security perimeter that will be in place a few days before game day. the barricades measure about 12 feet tall and 3 feet thick at their base.more of the concrete barriers appeared along 7th street, and will eventually wrap around a block that includes first covenant church minneapolis and the erik the red bar.at the western edge of the commons park, which was temporarily fenced off, workers with blue lanyards dangling from their necks assembled a large metallic gate, through which visitors will enter to reach the stadium. several heated tents will house airport-style walk-through detectors, which don’t work as well in cold weather. the western half of the park will remain open to the public, organizers say.the buildup of the area shows the sheer logistical complexity of hosting the game in an urban setting, said kyle chank, the host committee’s vice president of operations. david joles gallery: super bowl preparations downtown minneapolis “it’s like a puzzle piece, like lego blocks, it all has to fit into place,” he said. “on the 15th, you’l...