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Metrodome rubble is completely gone after nearly 5,000 truckloads

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It took nearly 50,000 5,000 truckloads to remove the rubble, but the remains of the Metrodome will be completely gone this afternoon.

The initial report was that 49,100 truckloads were needed, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says the number was a mistake, and was actually 4,910 truckloads.

The final load of Dome debris was hauled away at 1 p.m. today.

The demolition of the Dome was completed about a month ahead of schedule. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen says the "major milestone" is "the first contract that has been completed on our way to the new stadium."

The first concrete has already been poured for the $1 billion multipurpose stadium that will take the Dome's place in 2016.

The Star Tribune says the company given the task of removing rubble, Frattalone Cos., used 49,100 truckloads and almost 16,000 man hours to finish the job. That's the equivelent of nearly eight people working 40 hours a week for a full year.

80 percent of the Metrodome will be recycled. The Vikings used an infographic to help detail everything that will live another life, so to speak. Here's what's being recycled:

  • 25 tons of precious metals
  • 300 tons of roof cables
  • 80,000 tons of concrete
  • 4,500 tons of steel
  • 240,000 pounds of cast iron
  • 150,000 pounds of plastic from seats

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