The Metrodome’s New Roof Inflated Early Wednesday

At 7:00 a.m. (Standard Time) Birdair, Inc. inflated the Metrodome’s roof for the first time since the infamous collapse last December.

The process took about three hours. Work on the structure is not complete, with seals and lightning rods needing to be installed before the building can be operational. The facility is expected to be ready for the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason home opener against the Dallas Cowboys on August 26th.

A group of Vikings executives, including Lester Bagley and Mark Wilf, toured the Metrodome on Tuesday.

“We’re just happy the roof is going up and we’ll have home-field advantage again,” said Lester Bagley.

The costs for the repairs are expected to surpass $18 million, but insurance is supposedly going to cover everything except for the $25,000 deductible. Whether or not the playing surface needs to be replaced is a question that has yet to be clearly answered.

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