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Reliant Stadium’s Roof Finally Fully Repaired

Good news today for Reliant Stadium, as the retractable roof at Reliant Stadium is now repaired and fully operational. This comes five months after Hurricane Ike ripped huge holes in the top of the stadium and kept the team’s week two game vs the Ravens from being played there.

Mark Miller, the general manager of Reliant Park, said today that the five bow-tie shaped fabric panels destroyed in the storm have been replaced and all that’s left for workers to do is plug water leaks.

Miller said the project will be done by next week, in plenty of time for the stadium’s biggest event—the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs March 3-22.

“We’re in the final stages of making all the panel connections watertight,” Miller said. “The fabric’s all installed.”

Ike roared ashore in the early hours of Sept. 13, packing sustained winds of 110 mph. The storm killed dozens of people, caused widespread damage and knocked out power to millions. The force of winds that blasted the stadium were never accurately measured, Miller said, because weather meters on the roof were lost in the storm.

“We didn’t get good readings, but we know there were Category-2 winds in the area,” Miller said.

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