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Vikings Stadium Groundbreaking Tentatively Set For October '13; Construction Firms Bidding
Published December 10, 2012
SNOW DAY: In St. Paul, John Shipley writes the "heavy snow falling outside the Metrodome" during yesterday's Bears-Vikings game "raised a question about whether the weather, any weather, will play a role in games in the team's new stadium." Bagley said, "I think we would really like to see a retractable roof, but it depends on the cost. ... When the construction manager starts, then we can start to price out, 'What does it cost for a wall or a window or a roof?'" Bagley said that whatever the answer, it "must fall within the $975 million budget" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/9). The AP noted yesterday's game was "almost two years to the day since 17 inches of snow in 24 hours" tore holes in the Metrodome roof. MSFA Dir of Facilities & Engineering Steve Maki said that Metrodome officials "cranked up the heat" after yesterday's game and will "keep it that way until the storm passes." Maki said that "everything is going well so far" (AP, 12/9).