Metrodome getting a breath of fresh air

The Metrodome is being re-inflated today after repairing the roof over the last seven months. If all goes well, the home of the Vikings will be ready in plenty of time for their first home preseason game, scheduled for Aug. 27.

The home the Vikings have had for 30 years will have a roof over it for the first time in seven months.

The Metrodome roof has been deflated since the Dec. 12, 2010 collapse. For the seven moths that have followed, work has gone on to repair the roof and re-inflate it. That will happen this morning, seven months and one day since the roof came down.

If there aren't any wind complications, the roof will start to be inflated at 7 a.m. Because it is a new roof, the inflation is expected to take up to three hours.

The $23 million project had a deadline of Aug. 1, with hopes expressed at the time that it would be completed sooner than that so there would be more time to do the quality assurance tests necessary before a large crowd is allowed in to enjoy a Vikings game … which leads to the down portion.

WORK TO DO

The Metrodome isn't the only place the NFL is trying to make repairs under an approaching deadline. The league's owners and players are trying to repair a torn relationship by agreeing on a new labor contract, with a July 21 start-up date as the goal.

A lot of pieces still need to fall into place to meet a short timeline. The player's union will have to re-certify and issues like insurance, pension and benefits for former players likely can't be discussed until the players aren't a trade association, but are an actual union once again.

At the very least, the process of the union re-certifying and ratifying a new CBA could take more than just a couple of days.

WEDNESDAY NOTES

  • State Rep. Kate Kruth (DFL-New Brighton) has scheduled a constituent listening session for Wednesday night in hopes to get the views of both proponents and opponents of the proposed Arden Hills stadium plan. The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marsden Room of the Ramsey Public Works Building, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills.

  • By this time last year, there were about a dozen NFL preview magazines on newsstands. Thanks to the lockout and the anticipated significant roster movement that will follow when free agency begins, only FOX Sports and The Sporting News have released nationwide NFL preview magazines.

  • The last thing the Vikings need is for the competition in the NFC North to get any stronger, but they got some unsettling news Tuesday. In an interview with WMVP-AM Radio in Chicago, receiver Plaxico Burress said he would love to join the Bears, which wouldn't be good news for the Vikings , because Burress is just the type of receiver Jay Cutler has been missing and needs for the Chicago offense.


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