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Throwing Good Money After Bad

After the Metrodome’s roof collapsed under a heavy snow load I was quite vocal in expressing my belief that the Minnesota media was letting the Metrodome Sports Facility Commission off the hook a little too easy.  After all, the Metrodome was only hours away from being filled to the brim with players, coaches, and spectators.

I felt that the roof’s failure could conceivably be chalked up to human error instead of simply labeling it an unavoidable act of nature.

In December, I was fed up with the media’s inability to pose any tough questions to the MSFC, so I requested an interview with their Director of Facilities/Engineering Steve Maki.  The night before the collapse, Maki was quoted as saying there was no worries about the soundness of the structure, which obviously turned out to be a poor statement to have on record by the next morning.

Maki accepted my interview request and asked me to send him my questions, and I sent him this list.

Apparently Maki changed his mind about answering my questions after seeing them, and simply responded that they were assessing the situation and would keep Vikings Gab updated. 

I haven’t heard from him since.

One of the questions I had asked was, “Prior to the 2010 NFL season, new turf was installed on the playing surface inside the Metrodome.  Has the new turf been damaged by the event?”

Every now and then even a blind squirrel can find a nut, and in this case it turns out that this maybe should have been a question that was asked (and, you know, answered.) quite some time ago.

According to the Star Tribune, the Metrodome’s new turf might be toast and in need of a replacement that could cost as much as $800,000, and they aren’t even sure it will be covered by their insurance.

After the initial collapse, months of rain and snow, and heavy machinery crossing over the top of it, the field’s turf is understandably a topic of conversation now.

“We believe the turf will be fine,” said commission chair Ted Mondale. “However, with the amount of rain that’s come in and with the boards on top of it, there may be parts of the turf or all of it that needs to be replaced.”

This week, the MSFC approved the beginning of a bidding process to make sure the turf gets all of the attention it needs to be playable by the preseason.

The roof is said to be about 80% repaired and on track to be ready for the start of the season.

The rather expensive repair of this undesirable stadium has been overshadowed by the very public effort by the team to secure funding for a new home in Arden Hills.

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2 Responses to “Throwing Good Money After Bad”

  1. Zag says:

    Ted Mondale: “We believe the turf will be fine… but we also believe that all of it needs to be replaced.” Haha

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    I remember this story Adam did with Maki, hard to believe he never responded. You must have hit the nail on the head Adam.

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