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Construction Update

The most anticipated component of Reliant Stadium is its retractable roof. It still won't be finished until August of 2002, but the first indication of the roof is starting to take shape.

Over the next few weeks, workers are installing steel super trusses that extend from the north end of the stadium to the south end. Those super trusses will hold the roof in place.

"Each of those pieces of steel weighs 45 tons," Texans Executive Vice President Steve Patterson told the media Tuesday at the stadium site. "They will stretch out past the end of the stadium and end up totaling five city blocks."

Executive VP Steve Patterson
If you drive past the stadium site on the 610 Loop or Kirby Drive, you can see the west side starting to take shape. The northwest column of the stadium, totaling 15 lifts, has been finished. In the southwest quadrant, the 14th lift is being placed. All told, roughly 17 percent of the stadium has been completed, but 60 percent of the concrete (more than 520,000 square feet) has been poured. There are currently 600-plus workers on the site.

How far has the stadium come along? You be the judge. Below are monthly aerial shots of the stadium from start to present.

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