Metrodome roof sinks into history
By Don Davis
MINNEAPOLIS — The famous, and at times infamous, Metrodome roof is no more.
Construction workers on Sunday set off a series of explosive charges to sever cables attaching the roof to the oval downtown Minneapolis landmark’s walls. Within seconds, the roof was detached and a cloud of dust that accumulated since the building’s construction in the early 1980s fl oated over the site.
Last month, the dome was defl ated early on a Sunday, taking 35 minutes to collapse. It was the first time the dome was intentionally defl ated.
The dome was removed as demolition continues to make way for a nearly $1 billion glass-encased stadium to play home to the Minnesota Vikings football team and other events the Metrodome has hosted. It is expected to open in time for the Vikings’ first game of the 2016 season.
During construction, the Vikings will play at the nearby University of Minnesota stadium.
A video shot by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the government agency building the stadium, shows the series of charges detonating, with brief orange blasts, followed by the Tefl on roof slipping onto the stadium’s fl oor.
The inflatable soft dome had been the most recognizable feature of the Metrodome, and an occasional defl ation frustrated dome officials and those who used it.