Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Metrodome Collapse



The footage of the roof collapse at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis is not just fun to watch but educational from a structural engineering and design perspective.  I see many academic case studies being written around this failure for years.

To get some background on the stadium itself, the Metrodome has an excellent website, including a comprehensive history of the building.

What happens next for this old stadium, the ninth oldest in the National Football League, is up in the air.  Maybe some stimulus money can be found to begin construction on a new facility?