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Video of Stadium Roof Collapsing

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis is the home of the Minnesota Vikings football team. It had an inflatable roof, but under the weight of eighteen inches of snow, it collapsed early this morning. Thankfully, no one was injured.


I have seen that roof fully collapse with the weight of snow. I had thought it was designed to do just that. This is much worse. There is a hole that is going to be really tough to repair.
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It took a couple of weeks to repair the tear. If i remember right they had to fly in a repair patch. I dont know if the repair pieces are more available now or not or if the dome has what is needed to do the repair.
any way an open air game would be great. Favre always played well in the cold with adversity maybe he can recapture the magic again.
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I remember the year the dome was built. I friend of my dad's came over and showed me a swatch of the material that they were using to make the dome. Although I was 9 at the time, I remember thinking "this is going to be the roof?!"

They complain all the time that they need a new stadium (at the tax payer's expense, of course). Just rip off the roof, and you've got an outdoor stadium. Bada-boom, bada-bing.
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I'm not American, but isn't Minnesota a wintery state? I'm pretty sure we wouldn't build an inflatable roof here (in Alberta), since we all know a dense enough snowfall will tear tree branches down.
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