New Minnesota Vikings Stadium Roof To Handle Heavy Snowfall


The Minnesota Vikings have been getting a lot of attention lately.  With media outlets talking about the high potential of the team during the 2015 season, it’s nice to see that the new stadium in Minnesota getting some attention from the folks over on the website.

Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Minnesota Vikings mascot Viktor during the NFL International Series game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Steelers 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The praise for the new stadium is because of the fantastic design of the facility.  Dealing with harsh Minnesota winters is one of the major issues that confronted the new stadium when it was being proposed.  However, after seeing the design and how it will work to accommodate for the harsh winters in Minnesota, there is no longer concern for the heavy snowfall.

Joe Grubesic, the Midwest director of sales for Uponor (the company installing the stadium’s roof), spoke about how the new stadium will hold up during snowstorms and ice.

"“The stadium is designed to work in conjunction with catch basins lined along the outside perimeter to keep snow or ice from falling on occupants outside the stadium,” Grubesic said. “The Uponor snowmelt system is designed to melt all snow or ice that accumulates within these catch basins.”"

While that’s great and all, dealing with the massive amounts of snow that can pile up in Minnesota is a problem.  However, that problem is one that Grubesic says that the facility is ready to take care of.

"“If the snow is accumulating at a rapid rate, the system will accommodate that regardless of how much snow is falling,” Grubesic said."

The roof of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is currently being put into place.  The team won’t be moving their regular season games into the new building until 2016, but for now it’s really interesting to see how the construction is coming along on the facility.  And we all know how important a roof can be to a stadium in Minnesota following what happened to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome back in 2010.

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