By Reg Chapman

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than a month after a blizzard fell its roof, the Metrodome opened its doors Saturday night for public skating.

Hundreds had fun at the Rollerblade Rollerdome, but many couldn’t ignore the mess as dome repairs are still moving forward.

“I think it’s a great way to get some exercise on a cold winter Minnesota day and it’s just a lot of fun,” said participant Jill Halima.

Executive director of Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Bill Lester says he is anxious to get the rest of the Metrodome back on track.

“We’re excited to have at least part of the Metrodome back open back in business a month after the deflation the collapse of the roof,” said Lester.

He says testing done on the roof should be complete in weeks.

“They took five more samples from different panels to inspect them to test them at the laboratory we’re anticipating having the results of that analysis back by the end of the month following that we will be able to discuss the scope of the project total scope of the repair and schedule and a budget,” Lester said.

Lester says the commission will then have to decide whether to repair the roof or replace it.

Early estimate on replacing it tops $20 million.

“It surprised me at first. I didn’t know it looked like this. All the speakers are down, the flags down. Sad, too, “said Josh Meyer.

Meyer and his friends couldn’t wait to get their rollerblades on and travel around the concourse.

“I got two friends here rollerblading around. I love doing this. It’s really fun great way to get exercise, “said Meyer.

He and others took a break from the action and made a pit stop by suite 106 to get a look at what’s left of Mall of America Field.

“It’s shocking,” said Meyer. “I remember what it was and now it is a lot different.”

Although they are glad Rollerdome is back for its 20th year, most are concerned about what will become of the home of the Vikings.

Lester says city inspectors and fire marshals gave the OK for the public to use the concourse.

He hopes to let the public know soon which option, a patch job, a new roof or new stadium would be in the best interest for taxpayers.

  1. gtVoyageur says:

    Let’s stop the incessant, “Oh, the poor Dome is a Messy Disaster!”, talk and get the Dome re-roofed[re-capped]! The Dome still has a few good decades of use left for Minnesota. From what I’ve seen of the Dome’s damage patching the Teflon is out of the question and foolish. We need to get the Dome usable ASAP!!!

    Don’t muddle the present Metro Dome issues with Vikings new stadium proposals or the Vikes threats to move. If the Vikings are “truly committed” to Minnesota and the Twin Cities they would sign a temporary, time limit, lease agreement with Metro Sports Commission until a new facility could be built for them. The new facility would be built during a time of state fiscal recovery when any MN state subsidies wouldn’t put the state’s budget in the red!

    Let’s do Minnesota proud! Re-cap the Dome, get the Vikings on the MN fiscal recovery train tracks, stop complaining about bad things are, and let’s ALL unite and pull together for a better Minnesota. That’s the proper Minnesota way of facing adversities and doing things for the common good!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE