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Metrodome roof may need nine new panels

Metrodome Collapse Football

The job of fixing the roof of the Metrodome has gotten slightly more complicated.

Initially, it appeared that only three panels from the inflatable roof of the Vikings’ home stadium had been damaged.  According to John Welbes of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the number could now be nine.

Per the report, fabrication of the new panels is scheduled to commence today at a plant in Tijuana, Mexico.  A report is expected today regarding the timeline for the repairs.

Initially, $1.5 million was set aside for the repairs.  Surely, the final number will be much higher than that.  (We’re assuming that the costs will be covered by insurance.)

Expense is secondary to duration.  The roof needs to be repaired by August 2011, or the Vikings will be playing more games at TCF Bank Stadium.

Or at Ford Field.

Or, eventually, in L.A.

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35 Responses to “Metrodome roof may need nine new panels”
  1. BC says: Dec 22, 2010 10:57 AM

    I wonder if they’re ever going to play in that stadium again. It basically needs a whole new roof.

  2. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 22, 2010 11:00 AM

    Why not just leave the panels in Tijuana, and build the stadium there?

  3. bordner says: Dec 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    How ironic – the panels are being fabricated just a few hours away from their new home town.

  4. tv426 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    Tear the rest down and now you have a new outdoor stadium.

    Cost = $O

  5. paulnoga says: Dec 22, 2010 11:04 AM

    “Per the report, fabrication of the new panels is scheduled to commence today at a plant in Tijuana, Mexico”
    A comedian once said..” In the United States, we make the labels that say – Made in China”
    The NFL wants the public to support building as stadium that has mast material made out of this country. Amazing balls….

  6. jkay123 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:05 AM

    and nine new players on 0 and nine 9 players on D and 9 new guys on the coaching staff and a new city.

  7. jkay123 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:06 AM

    i meant new, you guys get the idea.

  8. phinfan says: Dec 22, 2010 11:08 AM

    Here’s a thought.

    1.) Cut the roof off.
    2.) Install Stadium lights
    3.) Pocket the remainder of the insurance money.

    Walla, brilliant plan.

  9. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 22, 2010 11:09 AM

    I guess there are no sewing machines large enough in the USA.

  10. wydok says: Dec 22, 2010 11:10 AM

    Since the Vikings owner has been talking about wanting to play outside in the new stadium, why don’t them just pull down the roof instead of repairing it?

  11. deeppurple23 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:12 AM

    I’m guessing LA. If you’re forcing someone to stay in your facility and then your facility is unavailable for 25% of the time needed (2 of 8 for those mathematically challenged), I would believe you could easily void the final year of the contract. As a Viking fan I hope they move to LA. Then maybe just like the Lakers, the Vikings will actually win some championships instead of being the also ran so many times. Save the repair money and apply it to a new facility, but that’s only if you want the Vikings to stay in MN.

  12. kotcha23 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    tv426 says:
    Dec 22, 2010 11:03 AM
    Tear the rest down and now you have a new outdoor stadium.

    Cost = $O
    ————————————————–

    The whole insides of the stadium aren’t meant to be exposed to outdoor weather for long periods of time. The seats are cheap plastic and will crack, not to mention all the plumbing and only concrete under the turf. It would cost a lot more to make it an outdoor stadium than you think…

  13. Lisa (VikesPrincess) says: Dec 22, 2010 11:27 AM

    @deeppurple23

    Do you live in Minnesota?

  14. JSpicoli says: Dec 22, 2010 11:28 AM

    Boycott this stadium, made in Mexcio. Bring jobs to the USA.

  15. minnesconsin says: Dec 22, 2010 11:30 AM

    dang, way to stimulate the economy in the good ol’ US-of-A, Ziggy,

  16. toddm6d says: Dec 22, 2010 11:31 AM

    “phinfan says:
    Dec 22, 2010 11:08 AM
    Here’s a thought.

    1.) Cut the roof off.
    2.) Install Stadium lights
    3.) Pocket the remainder of the insurance money.

    Walla, brilliant plan.”

    Far from. The field isn’t built to withstand the drainage issues required for an outside stadium in the elements.

  17. ninjapleazee says: Dec 22, 2010 11:33 AM

    move the team to L.A. problem solved

  18. jefe17 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:34 AM

    Well first its not the “Vikings” repair money. They dont touch any of that money. Its not like the Vikings are the only ones generating revenue in the stadium. That place is packed with events, baseball games, rollerdome. They generate a ton of revenue during the offseason. They have College and High School Baseball games all day every day from February through May. Even in the middle of the night! ($1,000 per team for 4 hours in the Dome). So I think they will need to repair it fairly soon, or they are going to lose out on future revenue. Its not just about the Vikings there. The Vikings don’t pay rent there, they just get a cut of profits from Vikings games. That’s it!

  19. jimmy1smith says: Dec 22, 2010 11:39 AM

    Tijuana, Mexico is best known for trinkets and cheap hookers, or as the Viking fans call them, brides to be. If that is where the panels were built, is it any surprise that they folded like a $2 suitcase. That attribute they share with any Viking team that made the playoffs.

    I assume the Metrodump needs the repairs in the event that they will play pro football in 2011. (using liberally the term pro football as it relates to this Viking team) As long as they are placing the order, they should inquire as to the best border jumper in town, he might fare better than Webb or T Jack Off at QB next year.

  20. importantpftcomment says: Dec 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    Ok, I’m not sure exactly how many panels there are, but considering the Carrier Dome is the same type of dome, they recently replaced their roof for 14 mil, seems that 1.5mil is just a bit high for 9 panels……

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Dome

  21. gambleonsports says: Dec 22, 2010 11:47 AM

    Baha, good luck getting insurance to cover it:

    “Birdair (the stadium roof manufacturer) had conducted a regular inspection of the Metrodome roof in April 2010. Its report to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission stated that “the outer membrane is in good condition and still holding up well,” and rated the inner liner’s condition as “fair to poor”. The inspectors also noted that the inner liner of the roof was dirty (mostly due to emissions from automotive events) and had some holes in it, advising that the holes be monitored to avoid large tears from enlarging. In addition, Birdair noted some minor areas on the outer membrane that needed repairing, which were done by the time of the Commission’s July regular meeting. Overall, Birdair noted the membrane was weathering as anticipated and had exceeded its service life of 20 years; it recommended planning for replacement of the roof fabric, and noted that planning and implementation would take an additional five years and cost $12-$15 million. In forming their own conclusion, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission staff decided that the outer membrane was in very good shape, that the roof continued to have serviceable life, and planned schedule another testing in four years; the Commission made no recommendations.”

  22. granadafan says: Dec 22, 2010 11:56 AM

    “Far from. The field isn’t built to withstand the drainage issues required for an outside stadium in the elements.”
    ———————————————————————–

    Well, I thought the original post was pretty funny.

    Why did these idiots build a tent roof in the first place instead of a solid American-built metal roof like the rest of the country? Instead they decided to give all the jobs to Mexico.

  23. The Doctor says: Dec 22, 2010 11:57 AM

    I like the idea of the Vikings using private money only to build a new stadium in Minnesota. They keep all the revenue.

  24. philtration says: Dec 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    kotcha23 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    The whole insides of the stadium aren’t meant to be exposed to outdoor weather for long periods of time. The seats are cheap plastic and will crack, not to mention all the plumbing and only concrete under the turf. It would cost a lot more to make it an outdoor stadium than you think…
    —————————————————-
    The cost of replacing the seats, installing lights and making the necessary changes to the field’s playing surface and drainage system is a fraction of the cost of building a whole new stadium.
    You don’t even have to make changes to the season tickets (if there is such a thing in Minnesota)
    The Vikings have played in the dome longer than they played at Metropolitan Stadium so they can sell this to the fans as a mix of both eras.
    Start ripping off the roof and pulling out the seats right now and the place can be ready long before they play another home game.

  25. thetooloftools says: Dec 22, 2010 12:27 PM

    i wouldn’t even fix it… as the vikings are moving.

  26. richm2256 says: Dec 22, 2010 12:28 PM

    @gambleonsports: Great post. You’re on the money; insurance isn’t likely going to cover damages on a roof that was inspected and found needing repairs that went undone.

    Why don’t the Vikings just plan on sharing Gopher Stadium for a couple of years while a new stadium – with a METAL roof – is built?

  27. duenord says: Dec 22, 2010 12:49 PM

    “#
    jefe17 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:34 AM

    Well first its not the “Vikings” repair money. They dont touch any of that money. Its not like the Vikings are the only ones generating revenue in the stadium. That place is packed with events, baseball games, rollerdome. They generate a ton of revenue during the offseason. They have College and High School Baseball games all day every day from February through May. Even in the middle of the night! ($1,000 per team for 4 hours in the Dome). So I think they will need to repair it fairly soon, or they are going to lose out on future revenue. Its not just about the Vikings there. The Vikings don’t pay rent there, they just get a cut of profits from Vikings games. That’s it!”
    ____________________________________

    Actually, The Vikes DO pay rent to use the Dome. They don’t own the Dome. It is owned AND operated by The Metropolitan Sports Commission. The Vikings Sign a lease with the MSC and sign to play home games there for a set period of time for a set monthly rent price. As a result the Vikes get a certain % of revenue from those games, and also just like every other stadium (except Lambeau I Believe) a certain % gets passed out and divided between every other NFL Team. and they can say that we won’t agree to sign unless The MSC will do “Whatever A” by Whatever date, etc. etc. An Example being that The MSC had to completely replace and update the Field Turf this year before The Vikings would Sign another year lease.

    The current Lease The Vikings have signed with the MSC has them playing there until the end of THIS Season. After this season (or actually now, since the last home game has been played) The Vikes have no home.

    Anyway, The point is, That NONE of the $$ needed to repair The Dome nor any decisions that need to be made to fix or update it come from The Vikings and /or Owner Zygi Wilf.

  28. jusford says: Dec 22, 2010 1:13 PM

    1) You can’t rip off the top and use it for numerous reasons.
    2) the concorse (sp) is terrible, to cramped.
    3) restrooms suck (there’s not enough for women)
    4) getting in/out and around sucks.
    To sum it up, it was built on the cheap and has outlived it’s expectancy.

  29. blaz0037 says: Dec 22, 2010 1:16 PM

    jimmy1smith: You seem like a guy who is in serious need of a hug. Why a meaningless team like the Vikings would generate so much hatred in your little brain is laughable.

  30. blaz0037 says: Dec 22, 2010 1:19 PM

    and as much as I hate the Vikings, they are not going to move to LA, sorry. All you hippy liberal nutjobs in California are going to have to live with the 3 pathetic teams you already have.

  31. oldschoolfootball says: Dec 22, 2010 2:59 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/31081274.html

    Considering the small market in MN, why this isn’t a good enough option for the Wilfs and Vikings?

    On expanding the U of M stadium

    “… It’s not a problem to expand the seating — we’ve actually built this stadium so that we can expand it very easily at a reasonable price to 80,000 seats. So, we can expand it 30,000, nearly 30,000 seats, without any difficulty.”

    When Zygi can let go of the idea of Zygitown and settle for Dinkytown, he might find his Vikings wearing those ugly throwbacks outdoors more often.

  32. theytukrjobs says: Dec 22, 2010 3:58 PM

    blaz0037 says:
    Dec 22, 2010 1:19 PM
    and as much as I hate the Vikings, they are not going to move to LA, sorry. All you hippy liberal nutjobs in California are going to have to live with the 3 pathetic teams you already have.

    —————–

    Can we be friends?

  33. bordner says: Dec 22, 2010 3:59 PM

    blaz0037 says:
    Dec 22, 2010 1:19 PM

    and as much as I hate the Vikings, they are not going to move to LA, sorry. All you hippy liberal nutjobs in California are going to have to live with the 3 pathetic teams you already have.
    ————————————————
    C’mon! Send us the Queens and make it 4 pathetic teams!

  34. tv426 says: Dec 22, 2010 6:07 PM

    kotcha23 says:
    The whole insides of the stadium aren’t meant to be exposed to outdoor weather for long periods of time. The seats are cheap plastic and will crack, not to mention all the plumbing and only concrete under the turf. It would cost a lot more to make it an outdoor stadium than you think…

    It was a joke. You know – humor????

  35. didiwags says: Dec 22, 2010 11:33 PM

    You all are idiots if you honestly think they will move to LA!
    They will stay in MN one way or another…. now starts rumors on one of the many very crabby teams out there who may move.

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