For a change, the Dome is deflating on purpose. And this time it's for good.
One month from now, that Teflon covered bubble that has been a sight on the Minneapolis skyline for three-plus decades will be no more.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has now set the Metrodome's last official operating day as Saturday, January 18th. That day, the power will be turned off in the Hump and the roof will deflate.
And when it happens on purpose, it takes longer. Steve Maki, the MSFA's Director of Facilities and Engineering, estimates the roof will deflate in about 30 minutes. No time for the event has been released as of now.
Tearing down the Dome itself will commence shortly after, and will begin at the same time the concrete foundation for the new stadium is being poured.
Meanwhile, work is already in progress on removing tons of soil from around Dome, in areas the new stadium will expand into. Over 70,000 cubic yards of soil weighing more than 100,000 tons have already been removed, and that number will grow to 900,000 cubic yards by the time things are ready.
Own a construction company and feeling ambitious for a winter project? Starting Monday, the Authority will start allowing vendors to bid on removing and selling the Dome seats.
Regular fans, you'll have to wait just a bit longer for a chance at a piece of the Dome. The Vikings and the Authority say they'll continue to keep everyone posted on stadium memorabilia.