Seven months after the Metrodome's Teflon-coated fiberglass ceiling collapsed in a snowstorm, forcing the Vikings to play their final two home games last season elsewhere, the new roof has been raised in plenty of time for the first preseason game.
Roof repairs are under way at the Metrodome, where a December snowstorm caused the roof to collapse. For the first time since the roof collapsed, all of the wooden boards have been removed from the turf.
The landlords of the Metrodome voted unanimously Thursday to replace the snow-damaged roof of the venerable stadium, opting for a more time-consuming fix that could disrupt the Minnesota Vikings' preseason schedule.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is calling the field at TCF Bank Stadium "unplayable." But officials with the team and the University of Minnesota insist it will be safe for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.
The snow-damaged Metrodome roof has sprung another leak.
A spokesman for the stadium's owners says a fourth panel in the inflatable roof tore open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, dumping snow and ice on the field.
Backed by dump trucks and loaders, dozens of workers hoisting shovels and blowers attacked the snowdrifts covering the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium Wednesday in a determined push to have it ready to replace the snow-damaged Metrodome for next week's matchup between the Vikings and Bears.
The Minnesota Vikings are getting ready for a frigid night of football after officials said Tuesday that the Metrodome's torn roof won't be ready for Monday night's matchup against the Chicago Bears, forcing the game to move to University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
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