Watch the roof get blown off the Metrodome

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still from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority video
The start of the boom.
On Sunday morning, while New Jersey's MetLife Stadium was preparing for Super Bowl fireworks, the Metrodome readied explosions of its own.

At 7:30 a.m., crews blew the roof off the 31-year-old, one-time home of the Vikings.

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"It was a pretty significant undertaking," says Jenn Hathaway, spokesperson for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. "With explosives, there's significant security."

While the famous marshmallow deflated for the last time on January 18, huge support cables -- each about 3 1/2 inches wide -- still held it up.

No more: Yesterday morning, crews attached 42 demolition charges to the cables, and then detonated them simultaneously. Boom.

The MSFA released a video of the explosion, shot on an iPhone from the roof of 1010 Metrodome Square across the street. It shows a peaceful, post-dawn Minneapolis skyline, and then the blast.

"Wow," exclaims a voice behind the camera. "Perfect."

To prepare for the blasts, the city closed sidewalks, streets, and the light rail station from 5:30 to 8 a.m., and warned local businesses and community contacts.

In a release before the weekend, the Vikings promised that the demolition wouldn't cause a ruckus. "The detonation will have a slightly lower decibel level than the pyrotechnics used following a Vikings touchdown," the team explained.

But on Sunday morning, some neighbors hadn't gotten the memo. "Did anyone else hear what sounded like thunder or an explosion?" one person wrote in the Seward group of the online forum E-Democracy. "It was so loud my cat ran for cover in the house."

Here's the video:

The MSFA confirms that the detonations were successful, and severed all the cables.

"Everything went perfectly as planned," says Hathaway. "Every cable severed the exact way it was supposed to, and no one was hurt."

Next up in the tear-down, crews will remove the rest of the roof fabric, and get the cables ready for recycling. Workers have also set up the first of several enormous cranes, which extends up to 300 feet.

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15 comments
Alli Tripp
Alli Tripp

Anita , this looks less loud then it was, huh?

Brad McGraw
Brad McGraw

That was the most anticlimactic video ever due in large part to the long wait. Great editing on that guys.

John Dam
John Dam

Now they have an open air stadium!!! Put the seats back in!!! :D

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

I'm glad I can help Zygi Wilfare with his habit.

Pam Dalzell
Pam Dalzell

Sooooo...a new stadium will make the teams play better?

Emi Briet
Emi Briet

I'm in Seward. How the hell did I sleep through that?

Earl Luckes
Earl Luckes

I can feel the money being sucked out of my pocket already!

Brady Hegberg
Brady Hegberg

They said it was no louder than the noise after a Viking touchdown...I don't remember my house shaking and windows rattling after a touchdown. One of my coworkers said "You don't remember because the Vikings haven't gotten a touchdown at the dome in years." Heh.

Brady Hegberg
Brady Hegberg

I thought it was a huge thunderclap at first, my house shook, and then I realized that was impossible so I ran outside to make sure all the downtown buildings were still there. Scared the crap out of me. Two hours later would have been nice.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Pam Dalzell  

Wait... I thought their home state had to legalize recreational marijuana for teams to play better.

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