Dome done: Watch deflation time lapse videos from inside and out

The Metrodome’s iconic roof settled into the stadium bowl this morning for the last time.

Officials turned off the fans and opened the vents in the building about 7:15 this morning. The air that has been holding up the roof for most of the last three decades rushed out and that was that. It took about 35 minutes. The time-lapse video above is provided by EarthCam, which is running three cameras on the site for the Vikings. The one below is the view from outside.

The deflation went without incident, according to Bill McCarthy, one of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board members. Officials said there was a little worry about the snow falling this morning, but Steve Maki, the Metrodome’s head of operations said the snow helped deflate the building and the deflation actually started a little ahead of time.

Maki said that long time staff from the MSFA and Mortenson went to the controls of the fans that hold up the building this morning, and one by one took turns shutting them off. “It wasn’t three-two-one, but still symbolic of taking down the building,” Maki said.

The Metrodome roof disappears from the Minneapolis skyline Saturday morning. (Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News)

The roof started to sag within minutes and dipped out of sight shortly after 7:30 a.m. “There were no rips or tears as the roof came down,” Maki said. Crews from the demolition contractor immediately began cutting the fabric panels out of the cable net that anchored the roof to the stadium bowl. About 9 a.m., crews shut the power off to the building, and the Metrodome went dark for the very last time.

“Cut the power, take the fabric off, take the cable net down, start smashing it. Smash the loading dock starting Monday. The critical path of the job runs through the loading dock and then through the Metrodome,” said Dave Mansell, superintendent of the job for Mortenson Construction.

If all goes as planned, the 31-year-old stadium, host of two World Series, two Final Fours and Super Bowl, will be nothing but memories and dust by early April.

Here’s one more view:

  • PaulJ

    Sure if they want to. People should be able to protest as much as they want. If they are unruly or threatening with that.

  • Gary F

    Sure, why not? Winter is coming and they have nothing else to do.

  • Pearly


  • Gary F

    Do we know if their protest licence has expired? How about their open burn permit?

    • Yanotha Twangai

      “Protest license”? It’s called the First Amendment.

  • Sue de Nim

    Yes. While I support the aim of calling attention to racially biased policing, protests that drag on after the point has been made have diminishing returns. They become background noise that people ignore, and then they start to be counterproductive when the annoyance factor kicks in. These protesters would be smart to change it up and do something else to make their point.

  • AbdiAhman

    The Black Lives Lynch Mob doesn’t need a permit to burn wood in the street..they think they are entitled, above the law because we have PC politicians and they hire PC weakling chiefs that sit back and watch. Recall the stand back orders given to police during the Baltimore riots. More and more of the public is endorsing the Trump card now when they see this out of control protests. Its time they went home and got some sleep and then looked for jobs. BTW_ most police shootings are justified but when police are the targets, the media says? “——” the sound of crickets is deafening. think

    • KTN

      You might want to look up what a lynch mob is, and then decide, was it black men who were lynched, or was it the other way around.
      You know what else they don’t need a permit for – protesting.

  • Gary F

    Will they have to move to odd and even sides of the street for snow emergency?

  • KTN

    I think it is. My support for the cause has not changed, but, there comes a time when the ends need further clarification, and I don’t believe BLM can clearly state what end they are searching for, If it’s to end racial discrimination, well good luck with that. All you need look at are the candidates for President on the Republican side, and you understand this statement.