Report: Metrodome roof beyond repair

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

Engineers were set to confirm Thursday that the burst roof of the Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome home is beyond repair and needs to be replaced, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission was meeting Thursday to receive and act upon the evaluation of several engineering firms.

A go-ahead vote for an $18 million replacement roof would begin the project, which is covered by insurance, to return overhead cover to the field in time for the Vikings' exhibition schedule in mid-August.

The iconic domed roof was a dramatic victim to the blizzards that hit the Twin Cities in mid-December, with four panels felled by snow and ice and a fifth opened with a shotgun to relieve pressure.

The Vikings remained confident that a roof would be returned ahead of the two home exhibition games and sent invoices to season ticket holders for the games.

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