ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Metrodome roof repair job may be bigger than first anticipated.

Four panels were damaged when the inflatable roof collapsed under the weight of a 17-inch snowfall earlier this month.

Engineers used a shotgun Monday to blow out a fifth panel that was under stress from a load of ice.

An unknown number of other panels are at risk of failing, but officials say they do not anticipate having to shoot out any more.

There is still no word on the extent of damage to the roof, when it will be repaired or how much it will cost to repair. Right now, the focus is on safety.

“No one was killed, no one was injured and we will do everything to insure that it stays that way,” said Bill Lester, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

Lester said there are several additional panels that have been distressed and are at risk for needing repair.

They have been heating the inside of the Dome and melting the snow and ice on the roof. He said they will have a safe working environment by the end of the day.

On Tuesday, they invited OSHA in to examine the cleanup.

“A ton of it has melted and drained onto the floor, but there still remains pockets of ice on some areas,” added Lester.

Lester said they are working to get the Dome fixed and prepared for the other events scheduled at the Dome in January.  If they don’t think work will be done in time they will look at rescheduling or relocating the events.

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Comments (19)
  1. Who Cares says:

    Wow, this is hardly news at this point.

  2. JB says:

    This building is old and needs a lot of upgrades. Just tear it down and rebuild with a retractable roof. That way they don’t need to find a new site and it will be open for the Vikes and closed for other things.

  3. John says:

    Any estimate on the costs yet?

  4. whatever says:

    I wonder how much they are being paid to drag this out?

  5. Bill says:

    Well there are many other events that happen in the dome not just football. There are many cancelled events and there is Monster Jam monster trucks in January, Twinsfest, etc.

  6. Eric says:

    Just keep shooting it.

  7. John says:

    This whole saga just affirms we need an all weather stadium for more than the Vikes. Zygi is wrong, many more events are possible with a retractable roof. This is about more than just the Vikings. We will never get a Super Bowl, Final 4 or major event without beating the weather.

  8. Bobby says:

    This building serves its purpose for big events that Target Center and Xcel Energy Center can’t support. But it needs vast improves around the entire building, not just the roof. Is it really wroth spending millions on repairing the roof at this point? We all know it’s at the end of its life with the Vikings pushing for a rebuild or a new site completely. If the Vikings do move from the Dome, the Dome should still be renovated, just at a cheaper price than if the Vikings were to stay.

  9. FatCatCity says:

    You all sound well feed, have homes, and reliable jobs so lets party and bring on the entertainment! You guys make me sick! Wait till it is your turn to live on the street, homeless and hungry, standing in line for hours for food, no jobs, rotting teeth, sick, and no where to turn. Right now count your blessing. This is the perfect opportunity to help your fellow Minnesotans and not spend our taxes on entertainment for men sports.

    1. dally says:

      what the hell does having rotten teeth have to do with the Dome or the Vikings? weirdo

    2. People are Stupid says:

      Entertainment for men’s sports? You are an idiot fatcat. Plenty of women like football and I am one of them. Get over yourself.

  10. Shawna says:

    Why are people only focused on the cost to build a new stadium? If we build a new stadium, it would bring thousands of new jobs to Minnesota and the revenue that the Vikings bring in contributes to our community. If we lose the Vikings, our taxes will hike up anyway because they will have to make up for the lost revenue and taxes.

  11. Emily says:

    Well said Shawna

  12. AT says:

    How would it bring any more jobs than we already have? Maybe a few temporary construction jobs. But that would offset the people who lose their jobs at the Dome. No, I think this would only make the rich richer while the average tax payer would foot the bill.

    I have no doubt a new stadium will happen though and I think it will be sooner rather than later.

  13. Thiced Twice says:

    No Tax money to any of them!

    I just paid 7.25% sales TAX to replace the glass on the door mirror of my car today! Why doesn’t the government just charge me 100% tax, because that what is coming too.

    I refuse to pay anymore taxes to build a NFL stadium to make a billionaire richer!

    Kapeesh!.. Republican’s and so called Tea Party members!

    1. B says:

      Thiced Twice if you only had a clue! you must be one of them Obama supporters living off of all of us republicans

  14. Pat Oman says:

    I lived in Minnesota most of my life and always been a Viking fan. I now live in Mesa Arizona. I still think that the Viking is the best team. As a retired Electrician (IBEW 110) and hope to never to see snow again. I don’t see any thing wring with a new stadium, which will being new jobs and outside business which it did down here in Glendale AZ..

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