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Storm rips off exterior panels on Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS - Some exterior panels of U.S. Bank Stadium came loose during Tuesday's vicious storm in the Twin Cities, stadium officials said. Nothing came off the building, and contractor Mortenson Construction will fix the panels and examine wha...

MINNEAPOLIS - Some exterior panels of U.S. Bank Stadium came loose during Tuesday’s vicious storm in the Twin Cities, stadium officials said.

Nothing came off the building, and contractor Mortenson Construction will fix the panels and examine what happened, said Michele Kelm-Helgren, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which oversees the stadium.

She said 10 to 20 of the zinc panels were jostled loose in the storm. It’s happened before during severe weather, she said, though nothing has ever fallen off the building.

“Obviously, we don’t want that to continue,” she said, saying Mortenson is working “to make sure that we have a permanent fix.”

The damage isn’t expected to delay the opening of the stadium. An open house is set for July 23-24.

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