Metrodome roof collapses under snow; Giants, Vikings to play in Detroit
Updated at 12:20 p.m.
The collapse of the Metrodome roof begins with a few small tears that allow snow to drift down to the stands and field. It builds to a terrifying roar and a deluge of snow onto the field. Fox has video of the collapse (above) and it's amazing, and sobering when you imagine what would have happened had the place been filled with fans. The sound alone would have caused mass panic.
Updated at 11:55 a.m.
The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants will play Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST, according to NFL Network and ESPN reports.
The game will be televised in Minnesota and New York; elsewhere, it'll be televised to DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers.
Updated at 11:09 a.m.
Colts owner Jim Irsay seems to really, really want the Vikings-Giants game...
Its true about Vikes/Giants comin 2 Indy!Commish will decide after consulting Mara,Tisch,Zigi/Detroit,Indy or outside Minnesota!We're ready!
Fox, however, has crews in place in Detroit and New Orleans, no small consideration.
Updated at 10:32 a.m.
Because, really, this whole roof collapse is stealing the drama from the issue of whether Brett Favre would be able to make his 298th start because of a shoulder injury, Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Favre, who'd been a game-time decision, said via text message that he would not have been able to start today.
Updated at 10:22 a.m.
The Monday night game between the Giants and Vikings is officially not going to be played in the Metrodome and the NFL is considering alternative sites, ranging from the University of Minnesota's outdoors stadium to the nearest domed stadiums. Greg Aiello, spokesman for the NFL, tweeted:
We were notified this morning by the Metrodome authorities that the dome will not be available for the Giants-Vikings game on Monday or Tuesday. We are currently exploring alternatives to play the game Monday night at the University of Minnesota stadium or another domed NFL stadium. We will continue provide information as it becomes available.
The Giants have no outdoor gear and gametime temperatures Monday are expected to be around 13 below zero (with the wind chill). Closest dome to Minneapolis? Ford Field in Detroit. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has a roof as well. And the Jones Dome in St. Louis and the SuperDome in New Orleans are just a few miles down the Mississippi. Of course, there is precedent for just giving the Giants another home game ...
The Vikings have one more regular-season home game this season: next Monday against the Bears.
Updated at 10:14 a.m.
Officials are holding a conference call to decide just what to do about the Vikings-Giants game in the wake of the Metrodome roof collapse. The Associated Press in Minneapolis reports that there are tears in the roof and Metrodome officials say it cannot be ready for Monday night or Tuesday.
Updated at 9:12 a.m.
The roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis has collapsed under snow, further complicating the matter of just when and where the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants will play their football game.
The inflatable white Teflon roof collapsed around 5 a.m., according to KARE-TV, under the weight of about 15 inches of snow. Eyewitnesses at hotels and condos near the Dome are saying the Metrodome now "looks like a big bowl of sugar," Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio told ESPN.
High winds and treacherous conditions Saturday kept crews from clearing the roof, so the NFL decided Saturday night to reschedule the game for Monday night.
Now, though, the roof collapse has the NFL scrambling. One option would be to move the game to the University of Minnesota, although the Giants reportedly did not bring their cold-weather gear and the forecast temperature at gametime is 10 below zero.
Kickoff was originally scheduled for noon (CST) today. However, the storm forced the Giants' plane to divert to Kansas City, where they spent Saturday night.
(Note: If the teams can play Monday night, the game would be telecast locally in Minnesota and New York and would be available to Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV.)
| December 12, 2010; 8:33 AM ET
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