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Panel Considers Metrodome Roof Repair Contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The commission that owns the aging Metrodome in Minneapolis was awarded a contract to the only firm that bid on replacing the roof that collapsed under heavy snow in mid-December.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission on Friday awarded Birdair Inc. a contract to remove the existing roof and install a new one, hopefully in time for the Minnesota Vikings preseason games. Birdair is the New York company that designed and installed the Metrodome roof 30 years ago.

The Star Tribune reports the replacement project has a price tag of up to $25 million.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the commission hopes the cost will be paid by its insurer, FM Global. Meanwhile, business groups east of the Mississippi River are lining up in support of building a new stadium in Arden Hills.

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