Good Question: ‘Reply All’ To Your Dome Questions

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO got a lot of questions this week about the Metrodome and its nemesis — the snow.

• Why were cameras rolling when the Metrodome roof collapsed? – former Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura

Truly, this question was submitted by the former Governor, who called this reporter’s cell phone on Tuesday.

Paraphrasing, the former Governor said: I’m a conspiracy guy, but even for a conspiracy guy it’s suspicious.

Fox Sports was broadcasting the Vikings game this past weekend, and their production crew was inside the Metrodome Saturday setting things up.

According to spokesman from Fox Sports, the crew saw the roof leaking into the dome on Saturday afternoon. They were led to believe that that had happened before.

But a video tape operator was told by a dome employee that this was a particularly serious situation. So Fox producers made the decision to point a camera towards the roof, and keep it rolling overnight to see what they got.

They got the incredible video. Good planning, no conspiracy. If you believe them.

• Why not tear off the Metrodome roof and make it an outdoor stadium? – Sarika Singh

Because the dome was built as an indoor facility, the plumbing, electrical, wiring, heating was all designed to be indoor. To convert it would be much more difficult than just tearing off the roof.

It’s something the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission has considered, but converting the dome to an outdoor stadium would still cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and still have narrow concourses and not enough bathrooms.

WCCO-TV’s Jason Derusha Reports

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