The Metrodome roof collapse has already moved two football games. Nevertheless, the Metrodome roof collapse repairs are being made fast, although the Vikings won’t return until 2011. But as the now famous video clip proved, it will take a lot to make the stadium safe again. Not only do they have to move all the snow that fell on the field, they have to fix the large tears, and make sure they won’t fall apart again. But the Metrodome roof collapse has been so severe that it isn’t even finished yet.
Yesterday, workers had to stop their efforts to repair the existing tears when a new one formed. According to NBC Sports, a fourth panel broke at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, which made even more snow and ice fall on the field.
This latest collapse set repairs back even further, as they will now have to completely replace this panel. Workers are still a way off from fixing the three other torn panels, and now they even have to move more snow and ice while they’re at it.
Fortunately, they are in no great hurry to get everything fixed, since they know the Vikings won’t be playing here. In fact, the team is fixated on getting TCF Bank Stadium ready in time for Monday night, when they are supposed to host the Bears.
Although the damages from the Metrodome roof collapse is still very extensive, they have until summer 2011 to get it ready for football, since the Vikings have no more home games left. Of course, the stadium’s long-term future is still very questionable, as the Vikings’ lease on it is up after 2011.
In order to keep the Vikings in Minnesota, the city needs to give them a new stadium. It is now even more clear that extending the lease on this one isn’t wise, as the evidence keeps piling up that it isn’t safe. Of course, the roof has never gone down like this before – but the mere possibility of it happening again is costly enough.
This whole ordeal is making football in Minnesota look bad – as if the Vikings’ current play wasn’t bad enough. In addition to the Metrodome roof collapse, TCF Bank Stadium might not be cleared of all its snow by Monday night, so they might have to move the Vikings-Bears game again. At this point, it seems that holding one more game in Minnesota this year just isn’t in the cards.
The new Metrodome roof damage will be analyzed today, as workers will soon resume their daunting task – which isn’t the only one around a Minnesota stadium this week.
NBC Sports- “Roof Of Snow-Damaged Metrodome Has Another Leak”
Minneapolis City Pages- “Metrodome panel collapses: Damage gets worse”