Sixteen-plus inches of accumulated snow + Metrodome roof in Minneapolis = EPIC FAIL. And by "epic fail" I mean "epically rad." You know, since no one got hurt.
At 5:00 Sunday morning the roof of Minneapolis' pro football stadium was finally pushed past its structural limits, thanks to a blizzard that was hammering the area. The Metrodome roof is made of a Teflon-coated fabric held in place by air pressure, and if the fabric breaks, air pressure is lost and the bubble deflates.
That's exactly what happens in this astounding video, which caught the destruction via security cameras. First water starts dripping in, then there's a creepy sagging -- and then kerblam, a hole rips and a MASSIVE AVALANCHE of snow pours onto the Mall of America field.
Take a look:
The Vikings and Giants have been moved to Ford Field tonight to face off, and although fixing the Minnesota dome will be no easy task, they need do it in time for the Vikings to return in a week. Minnesota isn't entirely unused to this occurrence -- heavy snow has apparently also caused the Metrodome bubble to deflate in 1981, 1982, and 1983 -- but as the video shows, this is going to be a hell of a repair job.
To be honest, I'm not sure how comfortable I'd feel sitting in that stadium a week from now ... what about you?
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