Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Fans walk through the snow before entering the Metrodome before the the game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
We have an official start date for the beginning of the Metrodome demolition (which alas will not be achieved via catastrophic explosion). Jeff Anderson of Vikings PR (and proud member of the Pink Shirt Brigade) says the tear down process will begin January 18 “after power is shut off.”
Because tearing down a building with the power on is a terrible idea.
The critical roof deflation will also take place January 18, per Anderson. The flack also announced today that the Vikings plan to install cameras around the new stadium site so fans can watch progress from the comfort of their homes. Well the fans are paying for it, so it’s only fair they should be allowed to watch construction. And maybe offer helpful suggestions?
The Vikings initially indicated that Metrodome tear down would begin in February, but that projection must have been based on the rather optimistic assumption that the Vikes had a chance to make the playoffs. With the team mathematically eliminated, no reason to wait until February to begin the demolition. Let’s get going on this sucker.
Over the coming months the beloved Metrodome will be slowly, agonizingly dismantled, piece-by-precious-piece, to make way for the as-yet-unnamed new Vikings stadium set to open in 2016. Groundbreaking for the new facility happened a couple weeks back, with Viking luminaries in attendance.
The new construction is going great so far, at least judging by the amazing dirt-removal stat Jeff Anderson tweeted this morning. Oh yeah, dirt removal. It’s really happening people.