Vikings to stream Metrodome deflation live online Saturday


Want to check out the Metrodome deflation Saturday?

Stadium officials are advising that you stay away, but you can watch online, MPR News reports.

The Vikings hired the company EarthCam to capture the event. Vikings officials say that a high-tech live camera will be activated here later Friday for anyone to watch on the team's website.

The forecast calls for single-digit temperatures in Minneapolis on Saturday morning, and winds could also delay the deflation, KSTP reports.

It's not clear exactly what time the landmark marshmallow top will disappear from the city skyline, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's John Vomhof Jr. says. The area is no place for gawkers, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says.

Also, the deflation may not be as visually interesting as it might seem. FOX 9 reports that it's not clear how long it might take for the Teflon roof to fall to the stadium floor. The deliberate deflation of the Dome has never really been done before, the station notes.

The Dome roof has collapsed due to other influences five times before – the first time in November 1981, after 10 inches of heavy snow fell, just prior to the structure's official opening in 1982.

A couple moments in Dome roof history:

The roof famously collapsed again under the weight of snow in December 2010:

The roof was punctured by a construction crane in 1982 (the second collapse in as many years):

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