Metrodome roof collapses; NFL game moved
December 12th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Metrodome roof collapses; NFL game moved

[12:18 p.m. ET] The New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game will take place Monday at 7:20 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, the NFL said in a statement Sunday. The game was moved after the roof of the Vikings' Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed due to heavy snow.

[11 a.m. ET] The game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants will not be played at the Metrodome on Monday or Tuesday because of the roof collapse caused by heavy snow, the NFL announced Sunday.

The league is exploring the possibility of playing Monday night at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium or another domed NFL stadium, according to a statement from Greg Aiello of the NFL.

[Original post] Heavy snow has caused the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to collapse, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol said Sunday.

A blizzard that hit the Midwest prompted officials Saturday night - before the roof collapsed - to postpone Sunday's scheduled NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. A statement from the Vikings cited "unsafe conditions related to the Metrodome roof and the weather."

The game was rescheduled from Sunday afternoon to Monday night, the team said.

The Giants were stranded at Kansas City International Airport on
Saturday, unable to get to Minnesota because of the snow, said team spokesman Peter John-Baptiste.


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  1. Gary

    People must not remember the three or so times that this dome had previously collapsed from snow load. One time (1982) a collapse produced a tear in the teflon rook caused by a cherry picker, which was being used to brush snow off the roof.

    In the succeeding years, the MSFC kept the inside temperature at about 80 degrees during snow events in order to hopefully melt off any snow as it fell.

    Maybe the Vikings, in yet another desperate ploy to get their new stadium built, instructed the operators there to turn the heat down...

    December 12, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. tony the hun

    yesterday the i35 bridge collapses,today the metrodome..only #4 keepgoin&going!
    we lov ya Bret for ever!!

    December 12, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Deanna Favre

    Not the first time I've seen this happen to Brett!

    December 12, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. bremen3011

    The dome collapse must be a divine reminder to Favre that his career has collapsed and he needs to retire =P.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. bremen3011

    What exactly is a "snow", I live in Phoenix and it always perplexes me hehe

    December 12, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. DR K, UCONN

    Okay one more quick lesson:
    1. Science does not equal beliefs ( religon does).
    2. Science must be based on the Scientific Method
    3. The father of the Scientific Method was Galileo. He had a great way to deal with the uneducated : " I see the the heavy ball and light one fall at the same time, I should believe it as I have seen it with my own eyes. Yet the church tells me it is not so, therefore the heavy one hit first."

    December 12, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Here are some example of poor scientific method:

      Scientists utilizing temperature measurement from warmer month because of non working equipment.
      Scientists utilizing temperature measurements from equipment located next to heat pumps, blacktop, and other areas that fall outside standard guidelines.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. SHUT IT, YOU!!

    Ok, so NASA'S data from just 130 years is supposed to trump BILLIONS of years of existence? Let's all take a minute and reflect on how ludicrous that idea is...

    December 12, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Geoff Veith

    I am a lawyer and handled many roof collapse cases, including a couple of inflatable dome cases. This is an inherent flaw in this type of roof especially if the roof isn't designed for the type of snow load that would be likely for a location as far north as Minneapolis.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Triple A

      You want people to read your post and take it seriously and you start off with... I am a lawyer?

      Sorry I could not resist... It was just way to easy.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. checatzo

    retards, it's called Minnesota weather, not climate change, not global warming, not any f those things. IT'S F-ing MINNESOTA, WE GET SNOW STORMS.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • MEE

      Thank you for being the smart one of the group.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. humm...

    @Seriously? – most true. We should not ruin our planet any longer. reduce reuse recycle. It matters because we are being bullied to buy horse apples when what we need is nuggets of TRUTH! No more super domes(no more SUPER ANYTHING!) play football outside- think of all the enviromental preservation that would proudce.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Med

    The roof collapsed after Favre finished practicing, the system could not make up for the loss of hot air fast enought, they
    are trying to bring in as many politicians as possible to fix the problem quickly, but they know they have Favre to go.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • StokinDeezNuts


      December 12, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • JoAnn

      We live in Alpena Michigan and we have over a foot of snow on the ground and it's still coming down, total so far 16in and seven more to come. And yes we are in a Blizzard

      December 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • smart ass

      its a good thing that it was build buy the so call UNION thank you guy keep spending and chargeing more money my dad said it o.k to do this its the only way to learn about ripe off ..... my dad call me smart ass i think its cool bye bye 4th grade er.mark

      December 13, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marybeth

    Ya...17 inches! My bff is staying in NE Mpls. Right now~seen pics of their driveway on fb. I say it's the tea-totallers fault!!!

    December 12, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Sorry but its nobody's fault. Just Minnesota kind of weather.

      December 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*me

    The roof is like the team. CAN'T HANDLE THE PRESSURE: )

    December 12, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • adrien a awesome

      the vikings can handle the pressure. look at their last two games!

      December 12, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. GangGreen

    When we sell and install our automatic doors in Florida, they have to meet specs in the local building code regarding the ability to withstand hurricane conditions. Hard to believe engineers were allowed to design a dome roof that did not take into account heavy snowfall.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      I totally agree. But the metrodome was made in 1981, so I'm sure there are many factors that come into play, like maybe the teflon was worn out, or maybe MN has never gotten this much snow at once (I doubt that), or maybe the codes were different back then.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Fredo

      You couldn't forsee an event like this. They don't get much snow in MN.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • It's me

      You have to be kidding we don't get much snow in Minnesota? Then where was I every winter since I was born? We got 17.1 inches of snow in that storm and it's in the top 5 as the fifth one!

      December 12, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • It's him

      @ it's me
      You should get your sarcasm detector looked at.

      December 12, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • R Goodden

      Actually, this has happened before, on a few occasions back in the 1980's. They were trying to save money on construction, so they went with this inflatable roof. I suppose delaying a football game once in a while is not the worst thing in the world, so they probably knew this would happen when they made the decision.

      December 12, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • bjackson

      Actually Minnesota does not get much snow. Although it gets in the -30s, we generally don't get much snow to go with it. This snow fall is called the storm of the century for us.

      December 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      This dome has been in place since 1980. It's withheld plenty of our winters. The superdome lost part of it's roof after Katrina. Things happen

      December 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Katie

    The twins begged for an outdoor stadium for years before they built Target Field. Little did they know, all they had to do was wait one more year.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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