SBD/January 21, 2011/Facilities

Vikings Preseason Games Could Be Impacted If Metrodome Roof Replaced

Replacing Metrodome roof would take 5-6 months to complete
The "winter punch that took down the Metrodome's roof is now threatening to mess with the start of the Vikings exhibition season in August," according to Mary Jane Smetanka of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. This week's "wind, snow and cold have hampered efforts to figure out whether the roof needs to be patched or replaced," and a "key engineering report to help determine whether the roof can be repaired is not expected for two weeks." Officials have previously said that the stadium "won't be usable through March." But Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale said, "If we need complete replacement of the roof, it will take five to six months." The MSFC "has told Dome users, including the University of Minnesota baseball team and other college teams, that there will be no events on the Dome field until at least the end of March." Mondale said that he "believes there will be no college games at all in the Dome this spring." He added that the MSFC "has not talked with the Vikings about the implications of a potential new roof on the exhibition season, calling it premature." Smetanka notes the MSFC Thursday "approved a plan to replace an acoustic roof liner at the Dome's center with sheets of batting that will hang from roof cables to improve sound." The batting "will cost an estimated $500,000, mostly paid by insurance" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/21). In St. Paul, John Shipley reports Houston-based engineering firm Walter P Moore is "analyzing the roof to determine the extent of the damage." The Vikings and the NFL, who were "briefed" on the roof situation Thursday, have hired N.Y.-based Severud Associates to "independently analyze the data." Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley said the team would not comment on the situation "until the assessment is completed" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/21).
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