What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
We all remember this. It was the perfect metaphor for a shitty stadium that houses a shitty franchise which has nothing but a shitty future. But at least stadium-wise, Minnesota’s long nightmare is over. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men found a way to put the HumptyDome back together again.
One of the last scars of our brutal winter is finally gone. The Metrodome roof is back up.
Heavy snow from a December blizzard caused the dome’s roof to cave in, but just a few hours ago, crews in Minnesota were able to inflate the new roof — along with patching a hole that’s been in the city’s skyline.
Stadium officials and construction workers had 20 fans ready to pump air into the dome. They started the process with 12 then went to just six. Going forward, only two or three fans will maintain the pressure.
Chief engineer Steve Maki says the process was problem-free.
“I guess I’m a little surprised it went as well as it did, because you always think of what could be the worst thing that could happen,” he said. “So I guess I’m pleasantly surprised that it all went well and I’m glad for it.”
The process to raise the roof was said to take about three hours, but in reality, it only took about 45 minutes.
Now the work begins to get the inside ready. Crews also started to pull back the wood that protected the turf, while the roof was deflated. But for those who work there everyday, after seven months things are starting to feel normal again.
Officials hope to have everything cleaned up and ready to go by Aug. 20, when the Sports Commission will host an open house.
Assuming the NFL Lockout is resolved by then, the Vikings are scheduled to lose their first home pre-season game on August 27th.
Naturally, the Vikings think this disaster will lead to the Purple getting a new stadium. Of course, in a state that is currently experiencing a government shutdown because the hunyuks that run that increasingly insignificant state can even agree on a simple operating budget, the odds of getting any dough for a new field are about as likely as getting through an entire Minnesota winter without a single inch of snow.
The Vikings are seeking a new stadium, but that effort has been stymied in part by the state’s budget deficit and government shutdown.
“We’re going to need to raise revenue to do this, and there really hasn’t been a lot of synergy on how that would happen at this point,” Mondale said. “So we’re waiting. But we’re working. We’re being creative, and we’re being solution-focused. I think there’s still a pretty good shot that we’ll have a good proposal ready for the elected leaders to take a look at — and hopefully in the right timeframe.”
In the meantime, start preparing yourself for the Los Angeles Vikings.
But yet to have Vikings’ owner Zygi Wilf and the lobbyists that he’s said to have paid in excess of $100,000 to in order to press the state legislature in passing the financing bill for a $1.5 billion state of the art facility for the team . Never mind the fact that the state itself is $ 5 billion in the hole in terms of a state deficit and tells you all that you need to know about the crap that’s now going on within the state. Mark Dayton the state’s governor has given no indication as to whether or not he’ll veto the bill should it actually be passed by both legislative chambers .
Big ups to Gene Smith for proving that a mind is a terrible thing to waste ! It’s time for him get off the god dam crack pipe ! His latest statement wishing to see Tressel return to coaching after the guy wrecked the Buckeyes’ athletics program proves once again how friggin’ stupid Smith and the ( university president ) E Gordon Gee were to begin with in standing by Tressel from the outset !
The roof , the roof is fire and we don’t need no water ….
And who better to quarterback the Los Angeles Vikings than, wait for it…. Mr. Brett Favre himself.
Did they get the stadium approved in LA? I know they were re-doing the convention center as part of it, but never heard if it got approved…
If Vikings’ owner Zygi Wilf actually is able to con the legislature into building that $1.5 billion new venue can we assume that they’ll turn the Metrodome into a parking lot ?
This is kind of a zero story. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would build a million dollar facility with basically a hot air balloon as a cap on it and call it a dome.
Go ahead and give the zebra new stripes, it’s still got AIDS