Day after Metrodome roof collapse: repairs start, insurance claims made

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The collapsed Metrodome roof interrupted business as usual for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Owners will tap business-interruption insurance to recoup what they can of the lost millions in game and concession revenue.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Monday that the stadium was sold out for the game between the Vikings and the New York Giants, scheduled for 1:15 pm ET yesterday.

UPDATE TUESDAY: Roof repair timetable unknown and U. of Minnesota stadium already winterized, Vikings have a problem

That would be 64,000 fans holding tickets ranging in price from $30 to $150. Add that to parking fees, food, drink and merchandise sales and you've got yourself a nice chunk of change in losses.

The NFL has decided to give the tickets away to the relocated game set for tonight at 7:15 pm in Detroit at the home of that city's NFL franchise, the Lions. That means there won't be any money funneled back to the Vikings from that source.

That is only one insurance claim that will be made. Another will be against the liability policy of the builder and supplier of the collapsed roof. The Vikes are sure to tap that source, to cover what their business-interruption policy fails to.

The Star- Tribune reports that the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission told media, that its workers were doing what they should have during the storm's duration. The Commission expects the arrival today of the folks who fabricated and installed the roof, Birdair Structures Inc.,of Amherst, N.Y.

It's the fourth time in 28 years that Birdair has had to repair some damage to the Metrodome roof, three of which were collapses. The first occasion in 1981, occurred one month after the fabric was inflated and the second was exactly one year later.

Roy Terwilliger head of the Commission told media: that his crews used procedures that have utilized before during snow storms, including using steam and hot water on the roof to remove the snow as it was falling.

"It was an extraordinary situation involving Mother Nature that the Dome's roof couldn't handle," Terwilliger said.

Heat inside the Dome was also turned up. Hot air was pumped into the in-between layers of the roof, all in an effort to save the inflated roof. "That didn't work," Terwilliger said.

Video of roof collapse, caught on FOX Sports camera, here.

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