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Gone in 60 days: The Metrodome has vanished


If you haven't seen the site of the old Metrodome lately, you might be surprised by how fast an NFL stadium can disappear.

The final pieces of the Metrodome were dismantled over the weekend, leaving almost no visual trace of the building, the Vikings note in a blog update. (Demolition vids below.)

"Technically demolition isn’t scheduled for completion until next month, but to the naked eye the Metrodome is a thing of the past," the blog says.

Check out the livestream and aerial view of the site as it looks now, on the Vikings stadium page. (The Vikings also have a 3-minute video here, oddly set to The Police's "Every Breath You Take," which documents the tear-down and takes you "inside the rubble.")

It was just Jan. 18 when the power was cut and the famous dome was deflated at the longtime home of the Minnesota Vikings, who played their last game there Dec. 29.

But in two short months, a winter army of workers has already knocked the stadium down and carted it away, leaving a hole – and hope among fans for winning seasons to come in a glassy new venue to be built on the downtown Minneapolis plot.

Mortenson Construction claims 80 percent of the Metrodome’s steel (nearly 5,000 tons) and concrete (80,000 tons) will be recycled. Also recycled: 25 tons of precious metals; 300 tons of roof cables; 120 tons of cast iron and 75 tons of plastic.

Other remnants are getting new life, including its seats, turf and iconic roof.

Construction of the new $1 billion stadium continues on schedule, the Vikings say. Excavation work is on pace with more than 400,000 of an estimated 850,000 cubic yards of dirt removed, team officials say. Nearly 15 percent of the new stadium’s drilled piers have been installed. The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 season.

Time-lapse video posted to YouTube of the Dome coming down, Feb. 11 to March 17:

A few more clips of the Metrodome demolition:

Here's what it looked like a few days ago, before the snow:

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