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Roof of new Vikings stadium is self-cleaning

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The Vikings’ new stadium has a large glass roof.  Which raises a fair question.

Who will clean the bird droppings and stuff that could land on the roof?

“The [ethylene tetrafluoroethylene] product is self-cleaning,” Vikings V.P. of public affairs/stadium development Lester Bagley recently told Bob Sansavere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “It’s the largest clear roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the U.S.  There are some in Europe.”

Bagley explained that the self-cleaning will be accomplished by “rain and moisture.”  Which makes the roof “self-cleaning” in the same way parking a car in the rain makes the vehicle “self-washing.”

The sloped roof also should cause snow to slide off; then again, the roof of my house is sloped, but the snow doesn’t slide off.  Then again, given what happened at Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl week in early 2011, maybe the Vikings don’t want the snow or ice to slide off.

“There’s a basin that catches the snow and prevents it from going down to the street,” Bagley said.  “It slides off the roof into a gutter, essentially, and it breaks up from there.  It will be very safe.”

Regardless of the details, designers surely engineered the building to withstand and manage the elements.  After what happened in Minnesota late in the 2010 season, no one reasonably can claim that they didn’t know the roof of the football stadium could be self-opening.

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31 Responses to “Roof of new Vikings stadium is self-cleaning”
  1. dcviking says: May 18, 2013 11:11 PM

    Guess the roof is one up on Packer fans.

  2. onbucky96 says: May 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    How long before the “self cleaning” glass starts to yellow? Lame, just like the Vikings. GO PACK GO!

  3. unbiasfan says: May 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    Reminds me of the way the Vikings are going to clean our competition this year #SkolVikings

  4. tokyosandblaster says: May 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    This can only end in tears.

    Kind of like every Vikings season has done, and like every Vikings season will forever.

    > >

  5. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: May 18, 2013 11:14 PM

    They are idiots for not having an outside crib!!!-ultimate home field advantage. stupid, stupid, stupid!

  6. vikingbob69 says: May 18, 2013 11:19 PM

    Roof cleans up like former fudge packer standout Mark Chumura did on underage teens….too hot hot tub!

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2013 11:20 PM

    The acid rain up there cuts through the worst grease and grime.

  8. newyorkshets says: May 18, 2013 11:28 PM

    mercury morris said they can’t build in that neighborhood

  9. kevinwi says: May 18, 2013 11:31 PM

    Snow doesn’t slide off a sloped roof because the granules on the asphalt shingle provide resistance. Think of a metal roof…which is also somewhat self cleaning. How many dirty metal roofs have you seen…or sloped metal roofs that held snow?
    Think a little bit before writing things you know nothing about.
    ETFE is not glass. It’s a polymer. it’s 1/100th the weight of glass and 400X stronger. Its also diffused light coming through the panels.

  10. spiderperv says: May 18, 2013 11:32 PM

    Now if it was only self funding.

  11. monkeyhateclean says: May 18, 2013 11:34 PM

    “Bagley explained that the self-cleaning will be accomplished by “rain and moisture.”

    Actually, this is very similar to the way Fudge fans self-clean.

    onbucky96 says: May 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    How long before the “self cleaning” glass starts to yellow?

    ______________________

    Unlike Fudge fans, the Vikings stadium won’t have rolls and crevices of fat.

  12. contra74 says: May 18, 2013 11:36 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    May 18, 2013 11:13 PM
    This can only end in tears.

    Kind of like every Vikings season has done, and like every Vikings season will� forever.
    ——
    Still concerned about the Vikings huh? Trying to convince yourself that they aren’t a threat is futile. It’s fun watching you keep trying though.

  13. noring4youstill says: May 18, 2013 11:53 PM

    Does it self clean those Lombardis?

  14. melkipershero says: May 18, 2013 11:55 PM

    No dog in this fight.

    Sounds kickass!

  15. mazblast says: May 18, 2013 11:58 PM

    unbiasfan says: May 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    Reminds me of the way the Vikings are going to clean our competition this year #SkolVikings
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    tokyosandblaster says: May 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    This can only end in tears.

    Kind of like every Vikings season has done, and like every Vikings season will� forever.
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    Thank you, Miss Cleo I and II.

  16. beauregard says: May 19, 2013 12:01 AM

    A clear convex lid over 80k people….did you ever burn up ants under a magnifying glass?

  17. funktron2x says: May 19, 2013 12:04 AM

    No, it is not self cleaning like a car in the rain. The material, somewhat like a cicada’s wing, is non-stick. A car is not. Leave the science to those who get it, Florio.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: May 19, 2013 12:07 AM

    For you Viking fans, “cleaning” is when you wipe the grime and dirt off objects or yourself. It actually will come off.

  19. raiderinva says: May 19, 2013 12:09 AM

    It still smells like a rat to me.

    The University of Syracuse has a soft top dome in the middle of the snow belt. They handle much more and heavier snow then the Vikings, and the Dome has never had any issues of this nature.

    If it was only the old Vikings Stadium roof that was the issue, why the need for a new stadium?

    This new self cleaning system sounds like a fancy way of stating…. It will rain.

  20. barbeaux says: May 19, 2013 12:15 AM

    I dunno….I leave my fair in the rain, and it stays dirty after. Does he know how soap works? Does this material form the same bonds with “dirt” and slide away? If so, that implies it’d corrode at some rate.

  21. iamthorny says: May 19, 2013 12:55 AM

    The only time sun will be shining on Vikings gameday is when the Packers are in town, the rest of the time it’ll be cloudy because God, like everyone but Viking fans, doesn’t want to see the purple play.

  22. GenXJay says: May 19, 2013 1:00 AM

    Self-cleaning.
    Yet, title-town remains piss yellow.

  23. boobsmcgoo says: May 19, 2013 1:08 AM

    Didn’t the Metrodome “self clean” itself all over the field a couple of years ago?

  24. bobnelsonjr says: May 19, 2013 2:59 AM

    1) The metrodome the vikings now use was advertized to melt snow with heat. After it was constructed that never happened.

    2) This cartoon drawing has not been budgeted, funded, or voted upon yet. Until the vikings figure out who they can beg or rob for the money these cartoons drawings are just idle daydreaming.

    3) The vikings have yet to explain why they want a new smaller arena instead of the current facility. Until there is a valid reason this government multibillion dollar boondoggle will not take place.

    4) Having a clear trash bag replace a white trash bag should not have a billion in construction costs and another billion in financing costs.

    5) Next fall or next year there will be another wishful daydreaming cartoon drawing made. Eventually, due to insufficient funds the designs will go back to the circus tent designs, be postponed , and or eventually scrapped.

  25. fishyinalittledishy says: May 19, 2013 8:32 AM

    The Vikes have had some great roofs. Personally i preferred the self collapsing version.

  26. giantssb42champs says: May 19, 2013 8:36 AM

    25 years before Vikings ask for a new stadium.

  27. theytukrjobs says: May 19, 2013 3:18 PM

    The roof will be translucent, not transparent. People don’t seem to understand the difference. The roof will let natural light through and you will be able to see the color of the sky through the roof but it isn’t going to be crystal clear. The windows on the side of the building will be clear. But the roof will be translucent.

    The stadium doesn’t need a clear roof to function. While it is snowing, there will be some accumulation on the roof. And during night games obviously the sky is dark and you aren’t letting anything in either.

  28. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    Everything bobnelsonjr ever says about the Vikings is a lie. It’s uncanny how he is wrong about everything.

  29. mediasloppy says: May 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    They need to bring Mr. Wizard back on TV, because lots of people here don’t understand science even when it is pointed out to them. Do some research before you post. It’s not glass!

  30. stellarperformance says: May 20, 2013 3:10 PM

    Why is everyone so concerned about snow accumulation on this new roof? The engineers placed heat sensors throughout the old stadium and were assured there would be sufficient hot air emanating from the oversized loud mouths of the fans to provide sufficient snowmelt. It’s all been taken into account, so stop worrying.

  31. 13xworldchamps says: May 22, 2013 1:44 PM

    contra74 says:May 18, 2013 11:36 PM

    Still concerned about the Vikings huh? Trying to convince yourself that they aren’t a threat is futile. It’s fun watching you keep trying though
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    Hey Contra, we don’t have to convince ourselves of anything…In the last 3 years the Packers are 17-3 against the NFC North, with 2 division titles, a wild card and oh by the way a superbowl championship….when is the last time the Vikings can say anything like that? Oh yeah….Geez I forgot, no superbowl titles in how many Years is it? oh yeah…..NEVER…….

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