Vikings Switch Stadium for Bears Game While Metrodome Roof Gets Repaired

Damage to Metrodome roof is more extensive than initial estimates.

The Metrodome’s roof is more damaged than initially thought, forcing the Minnesota Vikings to turn to the University of Minnesota in a bid to keep their game against the Chicago Bears in Minneapolis.

Repairs to the inflatable structure that caved in under the weight of 17 inches (43 centimeters) of snow three days ago won’t be completed in time for the Dec. 20 National Football League game, the stadium’s owner said last night.

The Vikings are working with the University of Minnesota to get their TCF Bank Stadium ready for the nationally televised Monday Night Football game.

“It was impossible to get it repaired in time,” Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which owns the Metrodome, said in a phone interview.

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Source: Bloomberg News