Vikings officials met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak last week to discuss the team's future in the city, with the topic of a new stadium once again dominating the talks. It was the first meeting for the two sides since a massive snowfall collapsed the Metrodome's roof last December.
That deflated roof survived the 13 inches of snow the past two days, a stadium official said to the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
"It's fully deflated, and the heat's on inside, so we're able to melt the snow that way," said Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which owns the Metrodome. Lester said that with the roof sagging, the snow is melting rapidly, making snow-removal efforts unnecessary as of Monday evening.
The commission plans to repair the dome in time for next season, the Vikings' last one under terms of its current lease.
The Vikings have made it public that they would like a new stadium once their lease expires. According to the newspaper, two sites for that venue have emerged as the choices: tearing down the downtown Metrodome and building a new stadium in that location, or clearing out a portion of an abandoned Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills, Minn. (which is about 10 miles north of the dome) and building from scratch there.