Heavy snow brings down the Dome

9:40 PM, Dec 12, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Snow has left it's mark on Mall of America Field.

"This is pretty amazing," says Scott Perkin, a Viking fan in town from Canada. "They've got a lot of work to do to fix this place."

Crews had been removing snow from the roof of the Metrodome late last night, but due to high winds and 17 inches of fresh snow, little headway was being made. Crews were pulled off the roof as safety became a concern. Hours later, the roof collapsed.

"Shortly after 5 a.m. this morning we had three panels rupture," says Steve Maki, the Director of Facilities and Engineering for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. "This provided for the deflation of the roof."

The stadium deflated in 1981, 1982, and 1983, each time due to tears caused by heavy snow. Steve Maki says this is the biggest one he's seen.

"This is not usual," says Maki. "We gotta get people here, materials here and then start the repair process."

The fabric of the roof was tested last spring. According to Maki, the roof passed those tests and is in "excellent shape." There is no timeline for when Mall of America Field will be ready to host an NFL game.

Meanwhile for fans, it's a disappointing day for the Dome.

"They hype of getting to see the Vikings play at home is a big thrill," says Scott Daahlke, a fan from Florida. "Now, it's big let down."

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