Sunday, December 12, 2010
Awaiting key details on Metrodome roof
By Kevin Seifert
By now, you’ve probably heard that the Metrodome’s Teflon roof collapsed overnight. Multiple local media outlets have posted video and photographs, but as you can see here on kare11.com, the roof is completely invisible at eye level and is probably hanging close to the field as we speak.
We don’t know yet how this episode will impact Monday night’s scheduled game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. The roof has collapsed at least three times before, and the key will be whether the roof is torn or whether the weight of the snow simply caused it to collapse. The former is a more difficult fix than the latter.
For those who are interested, the roof is kept inflated by fans at the top of the structure. When it snows, Metrodome operators heat the building to more than 80 degrees to melt away any accumulation. In extreme situations, workers are stationed on the roof to remove snow with fire hoses and hot water. (I’m not making this up.)
That process was halted Saturday night due to high winds and concerns for the safety of the workers. A little after 6 a.m. ET, the roof collapsed.
This is going to take a while to sort out. When tears were found after a 1982 collapse, four days were needed to repair it. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Sunday morning that the league will address the issue “ASAP.” Options include moving the game to the New Meadowlands Stadium. For those of you asking, I don’t think baseball’s Target Field could be retrofitted for football. But I guess the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium could be an option. Stay tuned.