SAY GOODBYE to the Metrodome.
Project leaders for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said the demolition of the team's old home in Minneapolis was formally completed yesterday. The final remnants were being trucked away a month ahead of schedule.
The building was razed to make way for a nearly $1 billion stadium scheduled to open in 2016. Some construction on that facility began as the Dome came down.
Demolition began after the puffy roof was deflated in January. Officials say it took about 4,900 truckloads to haul debris from the site and almost 16,000 man hours to finish the job.
About 80 percent of materials from the torn-down stadium will be recycled, including 80,000 tons of concrete.
The Vikings will play home games at the University of Minnesota the next two seasons.
In other NFL news:
* An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested in a gun-trafficking investigation related to the murder case against Hernandez. Oscar Hernandez Jr., 23, of Orlando, Fla. - no relation to Aaron Hernandez - was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath.
* A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades. The Title IX complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted late Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs. Disparities at the schools on average ranged between 7 percent and almost 15 percent over the past decade. The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg.
* Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the school during a 6-year scheme that included taking gift cards meant to help feed student-athletes, the state's attorney general said.
* More than 2,000 construction workers returned to their jobs at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, ending a 2-week strike that further slowed the trouble-plagued 2016 Olympics.
* Atlanta has become the newest city in Major League Soccer with an expansion franchise that will begin play in 2017. The team announced it will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. The team will play in a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium to be built next to the Georgia Dome.