Another roof panel collapses at Metrodome

Now you know why the Minnesota Vikings didn’t consider playing at the Metrodome for long at all.

The stadium was deemed too damaged to repair in time for Monday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, and preparations are under way to play the game at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium where heaters will be needed to thaw the field.

Tonight, a fourth panel in the Metrodome roof ripped, sending workers home. Crews have been working around the clock at the stadium to repair the roof, but the latest cave in of the roof sent them home as it has been deemed not safe, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Per the Star Tribune, four or five feet of ice still covers some of the roof, creating the possibility that more panels could be in jeopardy.

“It’s hard to rule out anything,” Patrick Milan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, told the Star Tribune. “The roof’s been through stress. It’s a massive dangerous operation.”

At some point, you would have to imagine the Sports Facilities Commission will be in deep discussion with the company that insures the building. The legal wrangling can’t be far off.

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