Crews will begin demolishing the rest of the building Monday. The new stadium is expected to be ready in time for the 2016 NFL season and will be located in roughly the same spot as the Metrodome. The team plans to play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
St. Paul-based excavator Frattalone Companies will recycle the Dome's roof fabric, cutting it up to be used in future construction projects. The entire roof deflated without the fabric ripping, Maki said.
Already the turf and most of the bright-blue seats have been removed, leaving a kind of concrete shell inside the stadium.
Few people were out and about in the early morning hours, and those who were walking by the Dome didn't notice the deflation occurring.
"Really? That's crazy," said Jon Silveira, a Minneapolis resident who was going to work as the roof silently sunk. "I didn't notice it."
When asked if he was sad to see the Dome go, he replied, "No, but I'd rather not pay for the new one."