Metrodome wont be fixed until March, winter/spring events cancelled

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December 30, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
DOWNTOWN EAST — Although a definitive damage report is still weeks away, Metrodome officials say there’s no way the collapsed roof will be repaired before March, sending several high school and college baseball teams scrambling to find a new venue for their spring games.

On Dec. 29, an official statement released by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC), the group that operates the Dome, said, “It has become increasingly clear that any repair or replacement scenario for the damaged roof will require at least through the month of March to be completed.”

The MSFC hopes to have a full report on the damage assessment and “a recommended repair or replacement plan” by the end of January. Engineers from Walter P. Moore and Birdair, Inc., are working to meet the deadline. New roof panels are currently being manufactured at a facility in Mexico, but it is not yet known how many of the Dome’s 106 panels will ultimately need to be replaced. The MSFC puts the number at at least nine.

Meanwhile, a slew of annual events usually held in the Dome is left stranded.

TwinsFest, which last January drew more than 32,000 fans to the Dome, is considering options for its 2011 event, schedule for Jan. 28 – 30.

Twins officials say the event will most likely be scaled back to accommodate the limited indoor facilities at Target Field.

In addition, over 300 college and high school baseball games need to be relocated.

The University of Minnesota had 16 games scheduled at the Dome through March. Various Division I-AA, II and III teams, who rent the stadium for nonconference games, had at least 250 total games scheduled. These games happen around the clock, some starting as late as 2 a.m., and the Dome has traditionally averaged more than five per day through March.

Other events that have been canceled include the Hmong American New Year, the Home & Landscape Expo (Jan. 14–16, moved to the Minneapolis Convention Center) and the Jan. 22 Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam, which has been cancelled.