12/15/2010

The damage to the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis -- home of the Minnesota Vikings -- is more severe than initially thought and won't be repaired in time for next week's game against the Chicago Bears. On Sunday, parts of the inflatable, Teflon-coated fiberglass roof collapsed under 17 inches of snow. Birdair Inc. and Geiger Berger Associates had planned to repair the existing panels as a temporary measure, but the roof has become concave since collapsing, and the snow on top has turned into a four-foot block of ice. "The cables are holding it, but we've got to work out how to get rid of it before we can replace the torn panels," said Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

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