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Posted at 8:33 AM ET, 12/12/2010

Metrodome roof collapses under snow; Giants, Vikings to play in Detroit

By Cindy Boren

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!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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.)

By Cindy Boren  | December 12, 2010; 8:33 AM ET
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I'm sure the NFL will do like they did for/to the Saints after Katrina and award the Giants another home game.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 12, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Or just play it in the Superdome!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 12, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Had the same thought, CapsNut. Let's see if they play it outdoors.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 12, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The Metrodome holds 64,000. The new stadium at the University of Minnesota holds how many?

Don't think that's going to happen.

Posted by: markiejoe | December 12, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@markiejoe: U. of Minnesota's website says stadium capacity is 50,805. Doesn't seem like a viable option to me either. Number of seats would be just one of the problems.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 12, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

At least no one was inside. Can you imagine if this had happened during the game?

Posted by: steven09 | December 12, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

steven09, I thought that, too. Whew.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 12, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

They made a roof for the Metro dome in Minneapolis out of a balloon? I know nothing but could have told them that was a very, shall we say insubstantial way to go.

Posted by: tarquinis1 | December 12, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Another multimillion dollar bill for the taxpayers so that the team owners and players can make a fortune.

Posted by: jjedif | December 12, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hit refresh for further details, plus Fox video of roof as it fell in. Amazing.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 12, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Vikings, when the real Purple War will occur for the sixth straight year in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Virginia next week.

No. 2 Mount Union will face No. 1 UW-Whitewater for the sixth straight season in the national championship game. The Warhawks, who defeated Wesley (Del.) 27-7, won last year’s meeting between the teams, 38-28.

Posted by: mesondk | December 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Love the Stagg Bowl.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 12, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Crazy stuff but what would they have done had there been no dome? Would they have postponed the game as well? Edan Aharony

Posted by: EdanAharony | December 12, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Gives you an idea of what ahead for the country soon, a harbinger of futher collapses like Minn bridges and the bully for you market. and wars and debts without ends to meet...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

They should make the domes shaped like the onion domes of Russia so that the snow doesn't accumulate.

Posted by: glenmayne | December 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I used to live in the Twin Cities; it's collapsed a couple of times before - at least once before due to snow that I know of. I'm amazed that it holds up as well as it does in that climate.

Posted by: 303030 | December 12, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Jeez! Imagine the disaster if that had happened while the teams were setting up a play at that spot!

Posted by: pyrotech | December 12, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This Global Warming thing might have to be canceled for a while. Ya think maybe so ?

Posted by: msftex | December 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Let them play in Green Bay like football is suppose to be played.

Of course having to play outdoor might ruin the player's manicures and the cheerleaders will have to wear something besides those skimpy skirts.

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Posted by: zhengee115 | December 12, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: msftex
This Global Warming thing might have to be canceled for a while. Ya think maybe so?

Wow, you really don't know anything about weather...or Minnesota.

Posted by: kal66 | December 13, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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