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?”
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