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Repairs begin on Metrodome roof

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Better late than never (though the Vikings may prefer never than late), repairs to the Metrodome roof finally have begun, more than three months after it collapsed like a spinach souffle under the weight of a snowstorm.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a New York contractor will be paid $18 million for “substantially completing” the job before the Vikings’ play their first preseason game on August 1.

Of course, the contractor may end up getting some extra time to do the job, given the current labor dispute.

Meanwhile, the Vikings continue to pursue a new stadium.  Until the new stadium is built, they need to find a way to make the Metrodome work.

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24 Responses to “Repairs begin on Metrodome roof”
  1. knucklebucket says: Mar 17, 2011 11:18 AM

    pretty dress on an ugly girl.

  2. rxrider2000 says: Mar 17, 2011 11:19 AM

    I hope that 18Million isn’t for another inflatable roof?

  3. phinfan says: Mar 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    Idiots could have saved money by putting on a 1/3 or 1/4 sized roof and stadium lighting and just converted to a all-outdoor game. they might win more games that way. Actually… history proves, the vikes won more games outside then in their dome.

  4. wryly1 says: Mar 17, 2011 11:29 AM

    They shoulda had ‘snow lockout’ insurance to cover the cost. If I don’t have homeowners insurance when my roof leaks, can I ask my housekeeper, landscaper, handyman or other contract laborers to kick back and pay for it out of the rate I previously agreed to pay them?

  5. biggerballz says: Mar 17, 2011 11:29 AM

    why bother there’s no football next year anyways.

  6. dragynj says: Mar 17, 2011 11:29 AM

    In a related story the Strib also reports that all local home improvement stores have sold nearly $18 million in Duct Tape to a New York Contractor.. .. .

  7. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    I wish the gas main that exploded in Minneapolis this morning would have been right under this dump.

  8. 3octaveFart says: Mar 17, 2011 11:45 AM

    I hope it’s not the same contractor Jerry hired…

  9. mvp43 says: Mar 17, 2011 11:55 AM

    Isn’t there a Minnesota contractor capable of fixing that roof? at least keep the money within the state……..

  10. thetooloftools says: Mar 17, 2011 11:58 AM

    I hope it’s a temporary fix for if the Vikings don’t get a new stadium, they’ll be outta there.
    Either way, the H.H.H. Metrodome is HHHistory.

  11. JimmySmith says: Mar 17, 2011 12:06 PM

    The Metrodump isn’t worth $18 Mil in total much less $18 mil in repairs. My suggestion is that they play 2011 at Edina High School.

    That way they can safely sell out the games without leaning on the local business to avoid the TV blackouts. That same $18 mil can be re-routed over to Allied Moving vans for the inevitable move westward.

    See how easy it is to find solutions if you just focus on the final objective?

  12. packattack1967 says: Mar 17, 2011 12:09 PM

    dont forget the trophy roo…..oh thats right, never mind.

  13. wjf010 says: Mar 17, 2011 12:16 PM

    phinfan says: Mar 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    “Idiots could have saved money by putting on a 1/3 or 1/4 sized roof and stadium lighting and just converted to a all-outdoor game. they might win more games that way. Actually… history proves, the vikes won more games outside then in their dome.”

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    The new roof is being paid for by insurance claim. To not replace the roof and ccnvert the dome to an outdoor stadium would cost considerably more. That would be wasted money, since the Vikings have already stated that a remodeled Metrodome is not an option. (Anyone who has ever been in that dump could tell you that.) Plus, the Metrodome is used for much more than Vikings games. It is the home of the Univeristy of Minnesota Gophers baseball team, state of Minnesota High School football tournament, and hosts many other events throughout the year.

  14. bunjy96 says: Mar 17, 2011 12:26 PM

    phinfan says: Mar 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    Idiots could have saved money by putting on a 1/3 or 1/4 sized roof and stadium lighting and just converted to a all-outdoor game. they might win more games that way. Actually… history proves, the vikes won more games outside then in their dome.

    **********************************************

    IIRC, converting to an outdoor stadium was more expensive.

    Outdoor stadiums have extensive piping under the field. The Metrodome has none.

    All the electrical and stanchions for lighting would have to be added.

    All the seats would have to be changed to handle the weather.

    Now who is the idiot?

  15. ezwriter69 says: Mar 17, 2011 1:16 PM

    Why do none of these articles ever tell the truth? THERE WAS INSURANCE!!!
    It will cost the Vikings 75,000, not 18 million… why can’t anyone ever spend ten minutes to get the facts straight… and it’s well worth 75K for the other events held there, if they never play football there again.

  16. kotapug says: Mar 17, 2011 1:24 PM

    Wow you people are idiots that think you can remove a roof and call it good. To make it easier for you to understand here is an example. Tear the roof off of a house in MN and tell me how good that would work. The TCF stadium is man open air stadium and is not set up to play in the freeezing temp. The dome is a dump but the ins. is paying for it not the vikes or Mn . Nothing like polishing a turd !

  17. shaggytoodle says: Mar 17, 2011 1:33 PM

    Thats going to hurt thier bye-week bonding fund.

  18. Kave Krew says: Mar 17, 2011 2:19 PM

    Oh yeah, this. should turn out good….

    A New York contractor has a very short and limited timescale to complete a job…….get the U of Minn field ready for the 2011 season and half the 2012 season….

  19. stellarperformance says: Mar 17, 2011 2:42 PM

    I hope they get this facility operational and I hope the Vikings get a new stadium sometime in the near future. I also hope they get their shyte together and become competitive again.

    I have lost my desire to bash the Vikings, their facilities, or their fans. It takes too much energy. I guess that’s what happens when the Packers win it all. Bashing the less fortunate is too much like kicking an injured dog. You sort of take pity after awhile.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Mar 17, 2011 3:00 PM

    ’bout time!

  21. crashkobra says: Mar 17, 2011 3:46 PM

    The roof didn’t collapse, it just gave up on the Vikes. There’s always next year… Oh wait…

  22. schmitty2 says: Mar 17, 2011 3:50 PM

    they should send out a bid to just bulldoze the whole place

  23. commandercornpone says: Mar 17, 2011 7:24 PM

    here ya go, duh, more expenses to share in, pardner!

  24. thetooloftools says: Mar 17, 2011 8:14 PM

    “Metrodome is used for much more than Vikings games. It is the home of the Univeristy of Minnesota Gophers baseball team, state of Minnesota High School football tournament, and hosts many other events throughout the year”.

    AND THAT IS WORTH $18,000,000.00 ?

    OK.

    I give up. You get what you deserve with that logic.

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