It took them 7 months, but our incompetent Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and its incompetent executive director, Bill Lester, finally got it up yesterday:
The new Metrodome roof was inflated just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, a process that took just 45 minutes to complete.
The Minneapolis skyline has been without the marshmallowy icon of the Metrodome since the roof collapsed in December .
I have been quite exercised in the past about this issue, but now it just makes me sad. The Metrodome roof collapse of 2010 will fade into some obscure Wikipedia entry with no investigation into why 17" of snow, a not unheard of event for Minneapolis in December, would cause that roof to collapse. As far as I can tell, one Vikings blogger asked more questions than all of our local news organizations combined. That meekness naturally allowed the MSFC to blow him off.
There will be no accountability for the collapse, nor for the lackadaisical attitude of the MSFC in getting the roof repaired. Their sole focus was on getting the facility ready for the Vikings this year. Certainly the Vikings are the main tenant, but it was community tax money that paid for that building and hundreds of community groups other than the Vikings depended on that facility during the harsh winter months here. We might as well name them the Vikings Sports Facilities Commission because it's quite obvious they don't give a damn about anybody else.
Oops, there I go starting to get all exercised again and I don't want to do that. I suppose in the grand scheme of things this will matter not one bit, but the indifference and lack of accountability displayed around this issue by a lot of people, including the general public, is not a good sign. Not good at all.