Metrodome roof rises again

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Metrodome’s repaired roof is rising again.

Stadium officials and construction workers are overseeing a test inflation of the Teflon ceiling, with completion of the repair project just a few weeks away. Workers are inside with poles to make sure the inner lining doesn’t get caught. Others are on top of the roof as it slowly rises.

Minnesota’s 29-year-old downtown domed stadium collapsed under the weight of snow during a heavy storm last December, forcing the Vikings to play their final two home games elsewhere. Several of the fiberglass panels were torn.

The work began in March and is set to be finished by early next month, in time for the Vikings to start their 2011 schedule.