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.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.