The chair of the Sports Facilities Commission, which owns and operates the Metrodome, is still hopeful that the Minnesota Vikings can host the Bears at home next Monday night.
"We're obviously optimistic we'll get everything done and ready for next Monday night," said Roy Terwilliger, the chair of the Sports Facilities Commission. "We don't want to lose this game out of town."
Terwilliger was awaiting the arrival Monday evening of representatives of Birdair, a Buffalo-based company that handles the fabric of roofs on stadiums throughout the country.
They will then be able to provide a timetable on repairing the dome.
"We're hopeful yet that it's tonight," Terwilliger said.
If not, he said, they would have news by Tuesday morning. If the Metrodome couldn't be repaired in time, the next option would be TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota football team.
"We have to find a way to keep the game in Minnesota," Terwilliger said.