If the Metrodome’s demolition was like a Vikings football game, we’d be in the final few minutes of the last quarter. Anyone who has driven by the facility over the past few weeks has likely noticed the demolition is almost complete. “All we have left is to clear the site of the rubble,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
It’s a bittersweet day for Minnesota Vikings fans as we say goodbye to the Metrodome for good. It was deflation day for the Metrodome’s Teflon roof, and until early Saturday morning there was doubt weather conditions would allow construction crews to get it done.
A Duluth company has created a new line of handbags and duffel bags, utilizing the roof of the Metrodome which collapsed almost three years ago. Duluth Pack, makers of back packs and outdoor gear, says the bags are part of the “Domer” line, which incorporates fabric from the Metrodome roof that failed on Dec. 12, 2010 after a severe snow storm.
It’s the little clause that could keep the Vikings in the Dome for another year. It’s the little clause that could put off the painstaking debate on the Vikings stadium for another year.
One of the last scars of our brutal winter is finally gone. The Metrodome roof is back up.
The Minneapolis skyline should look like it’s old self once again this week, once crews finish work to re-inflate the torn Metrodome roof.
The Minnesota Vikings claim to want an open-air stadium. They’ve almost got one, now that several panels of the Metrodome roof have collapsed.