MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The commission that owns the aging Metrodome
in Minneapolis is expected to award a contract Friday to the only firm that bid on replacing the roof that collapsed under heavy snow in mid-December.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will likely award Birdair Inc. a contract to remove the existing roof and install a new one, hopefully in time for the Minnesota Vikings preseason games. Birdair is the New York company that made, inspected and assessed the collapsed roof.

The commission's finance committee Thursday approved spending $25 million to make the repair. The commission hopes the cost will be paid by its insurer, FM Global.

Meanwhile, business groups east of the Mississippi River are lining up in support of building a new stadium in Arden Hills.

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