In Minneapolis, the roof of the city's 64,000-seat football stadium caved in, its iconic dome no longer visible after more than 17 inches of snow blanketed the Twin Cities since Friday.Of course the people who designed and built this stadium must have know that it snows a lot in Minneapolis. But something went wrong. Maybe it will turn out to be a maintenance problem. The roof is covered with Teflon. Was that to make the snow slide off? Maybe it needed a new coat of Teflon!
It's a sorry tale.
The snow exceeded its quota,
leading to Metrodome Fail
Update: The roof, which is inflated to stay up, has collapsed before. Kevin Seifert of ESPN writes:
For those who are interested, the roof is kept inflated by fans at the top of the structure. When it snows, Metrodome operators heat the building to more than 80 degrees to melt away any accumulation. In extreme situations, workers are stationed on the roof to remove snow with fire hoses and hot water. (I’m not making this up.)Maybe they simply blundered
by not cranking the heat to one hundred.
Update: Video of collapse from inside here.