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5 Metrodome demolition facts

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Over 80 percent of the now partially-demolished Metrodome will be recycled, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced Wednesday.

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Demolition is expected to wrap up by the end of April and excavation and foundation work will continue for the new stadium that's scheduled for completion in July 2016.


1. Excavation is nearing 50% completion (400,000+ cubic yards to date of an estimated 850,000 cubic yards of material has been removed)

2. Nearly 3% of the concrete that will be used in the new stadium has been poured to date (2,500+ cubic yards to date of an estimated 100,000 cubic yards total)

3. Metrodome seats that were not sold were recycled: 120 tons (240,000 lbs) of cast iron and 75 tons (150,000 lbs) of High Density Poly Ethylene were recycled and sold to Minnesota manufacturing companies

4. 80,000 tons of concrete will be recycled for use in other building projects

5. Metals being recycled include:
     -2,500 tons of reclaimed structural steel
     -2,000 tons of steel in existing structure
     -25 tons of precious metals
     -300 tons of roof cables


Track live progress here: http://www.newminnesotastadium.com/live-construction-cam/


The remaining ring beam of the Dome was demolished with controlled explosive charges, similar to how the roof cables were severed.

The ring beam and corners of the Metrodome were brought down with 84 charges of dynamite set in 24 columns of the upper concourse.

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