Roof replacement is covered by insurance

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

Work kicked off Friday in Minneapolis to replace the Metrodome's roof, which caved in during a blizzard on Dec. 12.

Birdair, Inc. is working to replace the three diamond-shaped panels that ruptured, and the goal is to have the new roof in place by August.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC), which manages the Metrodome, confirmed that the $25 million associated with replacing the roof will be covered by insurance.

The plan is to take parts of the old roof off in sections and replace the panels as they go. Engineers and analysts made it clear that a partial repair would not be safe enough, and insurers agreed.

MSFC has already received $10 million from insurer FM Global, and said everything is on track to be paid in full.

The collapse of the roof, which luckily occurred while no one was on the field below, forced the Vikings to play their final two home games of last season at Detroit's Ford Field and at the University of Minnesota's football stadium.

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