MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Metrodome will be back in business this weekend and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is hosting an open house to celebrate.

It’s hard to forget the video of the Metrodome roof collapsing under the weight of all the snow during last December’s blizzard.

The collapse forced the Vikings to play their final two home games away from the Dome. It also cost nearly a $500,000 to replace the roof.

On Saturday, it will reopen to the public for the first time since the collapse. People can get a look at the new roof, as well as a piece of the old one, because the first 3,000 people will get a souvenir of the old dome fabric.

“People didn’t notice what an impact this had across the state until it went down — so many high school, college, and civic events that had to be moved. It’s exciting to have this building back and we should have a real nice day tomorrow,” said Ted Mondale with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

It will also be a lot brighter inside than it was before. When crews replaced the roof, they used lighter panels in the middle which allows a lot more sunlight onto the field.

The roof is also designed to melt snow unlike the one before.

WCCO’s Dave Lee Interviews Metropolitan Sports Commission Executive Director Bill Lester

The Vikings will have all new turf this season too, but it was no small tab. Crews had to replace the field because of the damage caused during the collapse. The good news for taxpayers is that they won’t have to pay a dime for it.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission just approved an agreement. The company that installed the new roof will pay a third of the cost and insurance will pick up the rest.

The new turf cost just about $500,000.

Comments (16)
  1. No need for a new stadium now. says:

    Well, there ya go – all set for football. NO NEED to spend any taxpayer money on a new stadium. If Zygi doesn’t like it, he can 1) pay to remodel the dome, 2) pay for a new stadium himself and have it any way he wants it, or 3) leave the state.

    1. You're Out'a Here says:

      I vote for ziggy to 3) leave the state.

  2. There's your new staduim says:

    “It also cost nearly a $500,000 to replace the roof.”

    It was $20M for the roof. Nearly $500K for the turf.

    1. Say wha' bro? says:

      Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Is the word “insurance” in your vocabulary?

  3. The Master Beggar is hard at work out of the public view. says:

    Not to worry, the Master Beggar Zygi Wilf is hard at work lubing up the crooked politicos so he can stiff the MN taxpayers with the bill for a new stadium only a few die-hards are willing to support.

    Zygi has no shame, no scruples, no shyness – he will drop your drawers and remove your wallet before you can say “touchdown!”

  4. Awwww, that rascal Zygi. says:

    How can you not luf, luf, luf that sneaky little rascal who would take candy from a baby and sell it for a profit? He coined the motto “Always work on the other guy’s nickle.”

  5. Grandma says:

    If Zygi wants a new Billion dollar stadium he should get his own investors together to pay for it. Why can’t he build a simple outdoor stadium similar to what the Gophers have, for half the money? Know why? Because in his own words, he wants to capture our total day’s worth of revenue…from breakfast to supper and everything in between.

    1. AP says:

      yep. $1B. absolutely ridiculous.

      1. Jackie says:

        It’s funny, the ones who complain about the bill, will be the ones to take full advantage of it.

  6. Axl Rose says:

    Looks good. It’ll be an o.k temporary place to play until we get our stadium in Arden Hills.

    1. Robert Plant says:

      I agree Axl, that stadium in Arden Hills looks striking. I’ll have to jet in from Yorkshire to attend a few games now and then.I wonder if I could get them to switch to a Zepplin song for the opening kickoff hmm. Just get the bloody thing built already!

  7. Let's get the stadium built in Arden Hills says:

    Let’s keep the metrodome operating for many more years for large civic, highshool and other events. And let’s find a way to build this stadium in Arden Hills where we can once again enjoy tail gating before the Vikings stadium.

    1. kuer says:

      Tailgating will cost you twenty bucks a tail.

    2. NO to a new stadium! says:

      Gggggeeeee, Rufus, ccccan I hhhave aaanother beer tttttoo?

      Go tailgate at the MOA … we don’t need to spend over a billion bucks so you can get drunk outside.

      1. scratch man says:

        My sack itches a little.