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Metrodome to rise again Wednesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Roof of Minneapolis stadium collapsed during storm
  • Crews have replaced it with new material
  • Inflation is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning

(CNN) -- Seven months after it went poof during a winter storm, the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis is scheduled to rise again Wednesday, officials said.

On December 12, 2010, massive amounts of snow caused some roof panels for the 64,000-seat facility to "deflate." Video captured snow falling onto the field.

The collapse put the Metrodome out of business until the lengthy repairs and improvements could be done.

The Minneapolis Sports Facilities Commission -- the group that oversees the Metrodome -- said the inflation will begin at 7 a.m. CT (8 a.m. ET) Wednesday, weather permitting. Officials hope to have the $22 million project completed by August 1 for Minnesota Vikings preseason football.

Crews will use giant fans for the test process. The roof's new material is said to be stronger than steel, with a flatter profile for wind resistance, CNN Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliate KARE reported Tuesday.

Baffles will help with acoustics, to a degree.

"It'll still be the noisiest football stadium in the NFL," said Bill Lester, executive director of the commission. "I suspect before the first kickoff people will notice that."