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Yikes. The Vikings have been asking for a new stadium for a while. The company that built the roof said that the roof is already three years older than its intended life limit.

The Vikings/Giants game originally scheduled for this afternoon has been rescheduled for Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit.
 

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:( :worry:

That's not good. Was anyone hurt?
 

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I think it's open field football in the future for the Vikings. :doh:

Nobody was hurt.
 

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Thats pretty nuts. Been there many times to see the MN Twins. Looks like the Vikings/Giants game will be played at Detroit tomorrow.
 

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Escape-city iReporter on-scene - Minnesota got pummeled over the weekend. I had the day off on Friday and was running errands. Mid-afternoon I started hearing reports all over of a winter storm watch of 12-24" of snow starting on Friday at "9pm". Weather reports were largely correct, the snow started around 9:30, picked up quickly and didn't stop until 26 hours later.

I live in the south east metro, about 30 min from the dome. Winds blowing from the north throughout the storm caused 5' drifts, and severely reduced the ability to travel. Major freeways and roads were reduced to 1 lane, and according to stats dropped between 17" and 21" across the metro. This was the 5th largest snowstorm in history on record for the metro area, and is similar to our locally famous "halloween '91" blizzard. Temperatures hovered around 1 degree, and windchill included reduced it to -18.

I must say that the escape performed superbly, (I was determined to travel 10 miles to my local Buffalo Wild Wings) whereas many of the neighbors had their widget cars were all stuck at the bottom of their driveways/30 feet from home in the street. Also thankful for my 9.0HP snowblower, i can't imagine hand-shoveling all of that snow.

Local news had the deflation story first, but Fox News/NFL Network were all on-scene preparing for the football game and weren't far behind. It supposedly happened around 5:00a, and the video is pretty stunning. The metrodome is a unique type of venue, I had fun reading some of the stats I didn't even know about the place in the link below. I've been going to the dome since I was born, and previously has deflated 3 times, once in 1981, 1982, and 1983. I believe that this is the first time there was a breach related to deflation.

http://www.msfc.com/about.cfm

This is SilverAthlon - local iReporter for Escape-City.
 

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...and the Bills were the last team to play the Vikings there, of course.

:bill:
 

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Good report Silver! :clap: If everyone had Escapes in the Twin Cities, y'all would be fine!

Maybe the Vikings will get that new stadium they want now.....
 

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...and hopefully not in L.A.

:bill:

Keeping the Lakers name was bad enough, but the L.A. Vikings would be just waaay too wrong.
 

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Crazy video... I'm just glad it happened before the game and not during. The plus for me is I should be able to see the game now. :D
 

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The powers that be on the maintenance crew are looking at ways to repair this thing by next home game. What's that? Two weeks! :shock: I think if they can repair the damage that fast, they are some serious people!
 

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The powers that be on the maintenance crew are looking at ways to repair this thing by next home game. What's that? Two weeks! :shock: I think if they can repair the damage that fast, they are some serious people!
It's actually not all that difficult to fix. There is no structure to speak of in the roof . . . it is a series of teflon-coated fabric panels heat-fused together. They just need to replace the ripped panels and re-pressurize the building, which will "puff" up the roof again.

I used to work at an indoor golf driving range that used the same material and principle. These types of structures usually work quite well in snow because the snow sheds off the teflon, and if something like this happens, it is an easy fix instead of a bunch of twisted steel, which is what you'd have if a traditional roof collapsed. Also, it is a lot easier to have a large-span roof without beams.

FYI, the Silverdome in Pontiac (former home of the Lions) used the same type of roof as the Metrodome.
 

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MichaelJD1980 said:
jonas1022 said:
The powers that be on the maintenance crew are looking at ways to repair this thing by next home game. What's that? Two weeks! :shock: I think if they can repair the damage that fast, they are some serious people!
It's actually not all that difficult to fix. There is no structure to speak of in the roof . . . it is a series of teflon-coated fabric panels heat-fused together. They just need to replace the ripped panels and re-pressurize the building, which will "puff" up the roof again.
Are you sure? :confused:

I went back and studied the pictures. :worry:

Nowhere on that building did I see a schrader valve. :shock: ;)
 

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jonas1022 said:
MichaelJD1980 said:
jonas1022 said:
The powers that be on the maintenance crew are looking at ways to repair this thing by next home game. What's that? Two weeks! :shock: I think if they can repair the damage that fast, they are some serious people!
It's actually not all that difficult to fix. There is no structure to speak of in the roof . . . it is a series of teflon-coated fabric panels heat-fused together. They just need to replace the ripped panels and re-pressurize the building, which will "puff" up the roof again.
Are you sure? :confused:

I went back and studied the pictures. :worry:

Nowhere on that building did I see a schrader valve. :shock: ;)
Haha.. yeah, I'm sure. They will have it ready to go in no time.
 

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It took only four days to repair the 1983 collapse.
 

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whats weird is, I live in Duluth and usually we get more snow than the Twin Cities...yet we got zero snow and the cities were up to over 2 feet....
 
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