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Metrodome’s roof will meet its end when officials cut off power to it on Jan. 18

Frank Schwab
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There are probably a few people who would like to hit the switch to implode the Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome, the longtime home of the Minnesota Vikings that will host its final football game on Dec. 29.

Unfortunately for those who never liked the sterile and ugly stadium, there will be no implosion. They'll just cut off the power on Jan. 18.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press explained that the Metrodome won't come to the an end via implosion, as most stadiums do. The first part of bringing down the Metrodome, to make way for a new $1 billion stadium on the same site, will be to deflate the dome. All that needs to be done is to cut off the power. The air that holds the dome up will be cut off, and the white roof will collapse.

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The dismantling of the roof itself will take several weeks. The Pioneer Press said the steel support cables will be recycled and the roof fabric will be cut up into pieces and possibly reused. The Pioneer Press said three years ago when the Metrodome's roof collapsed under heavy snow, a company made bags out of the roof material.

There won't be a normal implosion for the Metrodome. It will be taken down in sections. That process will start after the Vikings play their last home game at the Metrodome. The Vikings will spend two years in the University of Minnesota's home stadium before moving into a new stadium on the old Metrodome site for the 2016 season.

So there won't be a big bang as the Metrodome comes down. The big event to mark the end of the stadium will be the slow deflation of the trademark roof. That seems oddly fitting.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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