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Using A Shotgun To Fix The Metrodome

While I wait patiently for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission’s director of facilities and engineering, Steve Maki, to answer my somewhat pointed questions that he agreed to answer, reports are now coming out that progress is finally being made at the Metrodome.

By shooting it with shotgun slugs.


Yet another panel of the inflatable roof was in danger of rupturing and falling on Monday, delaying efforts to patch the roof, so officials decided to strike preemptively by using a shotgun slug to rupture the panel and continue with patching the roof.

The hope is that, by patching the roof, the interior temperature will be raised as high as 50 or 60 degrees and the warmth will melt any snow, new or old, that is on the roof.

The “controlled measure” worked well enough that officials admit that they may do it again to bring down other panels in danger of falling. 

I say that they should auction off the right to take the shot in an effort to raise funds for a new stadium.  After all, that would be the most exciting thing to happen in the Metrodome this season.

Again, in case you missed it, people are actually shooting the Metrodome.

Just another day of the 2010 season.

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13 Responses to “Using A Shotgun To Fix The Metrodome”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    There are several stadiums of the MetroDome design and 1980s vintage. Some of these stadiums are being re-roofed.

    Re-roofing makes economic sense because the roof structure and fabric wears out. However, before you go to this expense the MetroFolk could check the foundation and pilings to determine the weight a new roof could support.

    Cost of replacing the roof with a new vented roof is not cheap…perhaps $ 50 million. However, the new roof replacements normally include massive replay scoreboards, private boxes and the like. It would be feasible to start design and replacement in a couple of month to be in place for summer 2011. These projects are currently underway elsewhere (link to follow).

    Reading Minneapolis newspapers the common view is the Metrodome is completely shot. By NFL standards Mall of America Metrodome is old and may not be able to be renovated to meet League specifications. In fact, the building is not old and could be modernized by replacing the teflon roof structure with a retractable design which would open to the elements.

    Minnesotans may agree its simply time to replace the past with a future facility. The debate should be between a new stadium vs. redevelopment of the Dome and surrounding site. As the Viking will be playing in August 2011 you may expect to hear more on the need for immediate options.

    • Jawsers says:

      “On October 23, 2009, the B.C. Government officially announced that B.C. Place would be getting a new retractable roof, plus associated upgrades, at the cost of $458-million under a fixed-price contract.”

      I think it might cost a little more than 50 million to place a roof.

  2. Lost Viking says:

    The Frankfurt Galaxy before the NFL Europe demise played at the Waldstation:

    BC Lion play at BC Place Stadium Vancouver Place Stadium

  3. Zag says:

    We should use a shotgun to fix our offensive line.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Ha ha good one Zag. I can understand the crappy play from the guards, one is a rookie and the other one has sucked at multiple positions now. McKinnie is the biggest tragedy, dude is making alot of money to stink it up like that.

      • B. Grant says:

        I say we hand the man a lead pipe and buy him a one way ticket to Miami. There must be a bar in need of a bouncer down there. I always say to put people where they have the best chance to succeed. Be there 30 minutes before happy hour, Bryant.

        • bigjohnny84 says:

          Sorry Coach I shouldnt have stepped on your toes in assessing the God awful play of the oline. lol!

          • B. Grant says:

            Nay nay, johnny. It helps to have us all making the point. With each passing game, this “goiter” on our team gets larger and larger (no offense to anyone with a goiter). Besides, I am running out of ways to describe how bad things have gotten – as you can see here.

        • bigjohnny84 says:

          On a brighter note Coach, I kinda like what I’m seeing with this Lorenzo Booker kid. He looks like a keeper to me.

          • B. Grant says:

            Yeah some good returns last night. Is he a RB, WR, or anythign else, or just a straight return guy. (Whoops, I mean “solely” a return guy, doesn’t matter if he’s…. well, never mind.)

  4. krugjr says:

    only gained a spot or two by losing this one….must lose two more to get in that top 7-8……..


  5. CSlinde says:

    I bet they used the same gun the Vikings used to shoot themselves in the foot.

  6. krugjr says:

    from what I did see of the game so far (half the game) it was clear that Frazier has not “kept them playing”…..especially his defense…very strange effort….KW gets flagged for helmet to helmet, then next play the whole def stands and watches as the RB pushes the pile forward 8-10 more yards, then they complain to the refs about the flag on the last play….it was enough to make the “purple people eaters” puke….and is a clear sign that Frazier is not going to coach this team next year……

    Webb was actually decent….if the defense had kept us in the game (or fewer fumbles)he wouldn’t have had to pass so much…..freds was saying earlier, he prefers a “pocket passer” in the draft….I fully agree…JW will then be a great compliment for an inovative play caller to use….can’t wait for the new purple world order to take over…..


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