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By Chris Conte

Officials: Dome could be fixed by Monday


MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC-DT)-- Officials from the Metropolitan Sports Commission say they hope to have the Metrodome repaired and ready by next Monday's Vikings game, a task that will be undertaken by Birdair Structure Inc. The roof of the dome collapsed early Sunday morning after a "unique combination" of heavy snow, high winds and cold temperature tore three giant holes in the teflon roofing.

"We're just really fortunate no one was hurt, we had people up there working all day on Saturday," Metropolitan Sports Commission Chair Roy Terwilliger told the NewsCenter in an interview Monday.

Inspectors from Birdair were flow in by Vikings owner Zigi Wilf Monday morning to assess the damage done by Sundays powerful snowstorm. Crews were on the field by 5:30 p.m. Monday evening trying to figure out how they will fix the dome.

"The biggest thing is that we make that roof safe, we won't re-open until then," Terwilliger adds.

Terwillger is still unsure how much the fix will costs, but says insurance will more than likely cover the cost of the problem. Currently the temperature inside the dome is the same as the temperature outside the dome, which means the piles of snow that came crashing in on Sunday won't be removed until crews can vacuum them up or hot air is used to fill the bubble back up.

"It's just incredible, no one every expected this."

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