The Minneapolis Metrodome, ripped and deflated after blizzard-like conditions in December, will be replaced after engineers questioned the safety of the entire fabric dome. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the 28-year-old Metrodome, is taking proposals for the job, which will cost an estimated $18.3 million. Offerings are due by Feb. 23, and the work is to be completed by Aug. 1. The dome, a two-layer fabric structure supported by fan-blown air and held in place with steel cables, has been under study since December after snow and ice ripped holes in the fabric and caused it to collapse.
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