MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Metrodome is offering visitors a first-hand look at the replacement of its roof.

The roof collapsed under heavy snow Dec. 12, and the first 2,000 people to take the public tour this season will get a piece of the fabric from the original roof.

The dome is open to walk-up visitors April through November, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The tours depart from Gate F and the cost is $4 per person. After the roof is replaced, the tours won't be offered on days when the stadium hosts daytime events.

Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, says visitors will see the progress of the new roof installation, the stadium's suites and the inner workings beneath the concourses including the locker rooms.

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