Metrodome deflated one final time

Metrodome deflated one final time

Metrodome deflated one final time

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 9:44 AM

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome has deflated for the last time.

   Officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opened the stadium's relief vents to begin the deflation at 7:15 a.m. Saturday. Fans providing the air that supports the roof were turned off. It was done in 35 minutes.

   The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority gave the go-ahead despite concerns about weather conditions. According to the National Weather Service, between 4 and 5 inches of snow fell in the area overnight. Winds were a steady 5 to 10 mph Saturday morning.

   The deflation will make way for construction of a new $1 billion stadium located roughly where the Dome stands now in downtown Minneapolis.

   Authority Vice Chairman Bill McCarthy called it "a sad and exciting day at the same time."

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