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Old August 1st, 2016, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Metrodome replacement not Speedskateable?

First inspection of US Bank Stadium indicates it is not suitable for inline speedskating. Among other things, this would be the end of the Metrodome Inline Marathon. It does sound that slower rec skating may be possible. The main issues are pillar placements and floor surface transitions that would make speedskating pacelines unsafe. Inlineskatempls story.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 01:55 AM   #2
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That really sucks!!
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 08:17 PM   #3
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Meh, time will tell. I am less concerned with narrow spots than I am with those rubber strips...
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 07:06 PM   #4
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As for general public open skating and a mixture of speeds, those narrow passages may prove to be very dangerous as people try to pass. In theory, during a speedskating event the narrow passages could be dealt with by controlling the number of skaters at any given time. Unfortunately, that could resemble a time trial and make for a very long event.

I wonder if the rubber expansion joints (speed bumps) could be dealt with by building some sort of plate(s) that transitioned very smoothly from a few feet before and after the joint?

Time will tell...where there's will there's a way (gotta stay positive). But I have to admit this initial report is disappointing to say the least.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 01:58 PM   #5
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Meh, time will tell. I am less concerned with narrow spots than I am with those rubber strips...
Those things look tall enough to be trip hazards when walking much less skating.

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