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Down Goes the Dome: Roof Deflates

Updated: 01/19/2014 8:21 AM
Created: 01/18/2014 8:02 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The Metrodome's Teflon roof started to become a thing of the past on Saturday, as crews deflated the roof for one last time.

Officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opened the relief vents to begin the deflation at 7:15 a.m. Fans providing the air that supports the roof were turned off. It was done in 35 minutes. The roof was fully deflated by about 8 a.m. The weight of the snow helped to speed it along.

Vikings fans say it was about as exciting as watching paint dry and yet still, they couldn't look away.

"Short of a balloon, and it popping big time, it is what it is, it's just about appropriate that it's going down the way it's going down," said Larry Spooner.

But even without the climactic moment of an implosion, fans say it was still a meaningful goodbye to an old friend.

After the dome was deflated crews tied down the fabric, before cutting out holes to be recycled by Frattalone Company.

Demolition will begin on Monday at the loading docks. The concrete structure will be taken down in a counter clock-wise fashion. The full Metrodome is expected to be demolished by early April 2014.

The demolition will make way for construction of a new $1 billion Vikings stadium. It will be located roughly where the Dome stands in downtown Minneapolis.
 


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