Fourth Metrodome roof panel fails, nobody hurt

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Crews weren't kidding when they determined the Metrodome roof wouldn't be repaired in time for the Vikings to host the Giants next Monday night.

A fourth panel on the Metrodome's teflon roof tore open at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, sending more snow and ice crashing to the Dome's floor. No one was injured, all workers have been pulled off the floor and repairs have been called off for the rest of the evening.

Investigators will be taking a look at the remaining panels to determine if they are stable.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission has a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Metrodome.

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Early Sunday morning, three panels failed causing the roof to collapse and snow to fill Mall of America Field. Because of the original collapse, the Vikings are hoping to host the Chicago Bears in their final regular season home game Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

Crews started inspecting the damage Monday afternoon, and it was determined Tuesday that the roof couldn't be repaired in enough time to for the Vikings to host the Bears at the Metrodome on Monday.

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