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Published January 18, 2014, 10:48 AM

Metrodome deflation completed

It took 35 minutes to deflate the Metrodome’s roof.

By: McClatchy Tribune, WDAY

It took 35 minutes to deflate the Metrodome’s roof.

The deflation began at 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning, despite uncertainty about wind and snowy weather conditions.

The middle of the snow-laden roof sagged in first.

Officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will open the relief vents to begin the deflation — a move that permits the Dome’s 10 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric to slowly deflate. Snow on the roof should speed the process, the MSFA said.

The deflation will make way for construction of a new $1 billion Vikings stadium, which will be located roughly where the Dome stands in downtown Minneapolis

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