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. vikingsfan1

    The heavy snowfall in Minneapolis makes sense because they got over 20 inches of snow along with 3-4 inches of ice before that. They have stopped plowing out secondary roads and have issued a no-tow policy which means everywhere you look alongside the road, there is a car in the ditch. I think its about time they quit the whole dome act and build the new stadium everyone wants with the retractable roof:)

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

      Retractable roofs cost Mega-Money?

      Oh what the heck...put it on the Never-Never,
      just like we've always done! LOL

      December 12, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. TC

    Yes, the climate has changed. 10,000 years ago this area was under a glacier. A few million prior, it was the equivalent of a tropical rain forest. Clearly the climate on our planet vacillates, but the notion that it happens because I drive an Expedition and occasionally use aerosol products is shamefully arrogant toward the perceived "power of Man." There's plenty evidence that climate change happens, but virtually none that the change is manmade.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • BimBum

      And you're *the only one* using aerosols and driving a gas-guzzler.

      Hint: there are six and a half thousand-MILLION others like you
      a veritable Human Scourge on the planet, slowly grinding it to an eco-halt.

      But never mind keep right on.
      Mother Nature will handle you!
      At first, she'll do simple stuff like hints... collapse your stadium's dome
      and STILL you won't take the hint.
      LOL at human arrogance.

      KEEP ON DRIVIN, dude,
      you just keep on suckin up all that fossil hydrocarbon stuff.
      It's good for the atmosphere: has no effect at all, right? Right!

      Such an inconvenient truth, isn't it?

      December 12, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • AM


      I guess you forgot that not every one of those 6 and a half billion people owns a "death machine" full of that "fossil hydrocarbon stuff" as you silly people would like to call it. Anyhow, why in the heck are you posted some of your blabbermouth stuff on a topic about a football game? Go away.

      December 12, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. humm...

    Lol ganggreen. Wonder how much money was made on this super dome? Money talks...

    December 12, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Triple A

    If I was Bret, I wouldn't play during a thunderstorm. 🙂

    December 12, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. MEE

    Pack up everything and move the game a couple of hours north to the FargoDome !

    December 12, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. JohnT

    Every 10-15 years Minneapolis and Minnesota gets a big snow storm. Nothing to do with climate change. Buildings have collasped under heavy snow in all parts of the world since buildings were first built. Having lived in Minnesota for 40+ years this is nothing unusal. Being a season ticket holder for 35+ years it is a bummer. But as far as GW or CC lets be serious, this is weather, and big storms have been around for billions of years. Only thing I can say is the world is very beautiful after a major snow storm like this. So lighten up you and enjoy!!!!!!

    December 12, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. B James

    I guess you guys don't realize the roof is like a big balloon huh? Put enough weight on top and takes too much effort to keep it inflated, so they let it deflate until they can remove some of the snow from the roof. The word "collapse" in this case does not mean the same thing as a normal roof on a building collapsing...

    December 12, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Been There, Know It

      B James, sorry to correct you, but they absolutely do not deflate these structures to get the snow off. There are millions of dollars hanging from these air-supported roofs that they simply turn the heat up as high as it can go and turn the inflation units on as high as they can go and pray that the heat melts the snow and the inflation is sufficient enough to cause it to run off. I know, because I used to work for a company that made these things. Yes, the structure itself may be cheap to make but cities spend 3 and sometimes 4 times more on energy costs just to keep these things inflated in the cold winter months. To say that they are energy conscious or "green" buildings is a huge lie. It would have been cheaper in the long run for Minneaspolis to have put on a retractable roof from the beginning.

      December 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j

    take off the roof leave it open like the green bay's like football said be

    December 12, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. snowblind

    They collapsed the roof to keep Brett Favres streak intact!!! There was NO way he could have started so they "pulled" the dome

    December 12, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. adrien a awesome

    vikings are awesome so who ever bags on him can SHUT UP!

    December 12, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. adrien a awesome

    Vikings collapsed their roof so the giants wouldn't get owned.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. adrien a awesome

    yo k peoples it is just snow tho help you get over it and stop talking crap go have a snowball fight. have fun kitty 🙂

    December 12, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bradysdad

    I guess they didn't learn anything from the silverdome!

    December 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Edan Aharony

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

    December 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dissapointed

    This discussion is getting to be quite disappointing and indicative of the rift in US politics between the left and the right. Here's a message to you all:
    – To you "right-wingers" you should at least consider the possibility that human-induced climate change is a possibility. There is a lot of compelling evidence to support it, and yes - there is definitely some uncertainty as well. But realize that science almost always has bits of uncertainty, especially in a system as complex as the Earth's climate. There will never be a concrete answer to either argument, so doesn't it sound like a good idea to err on the side of caution?
    – To you "liberal hippies" you can't change an economy and culture overnight, so even if you're correct stop name-calling. Also realize that yes, there are certain theories out there that support the fact that this climate change may be independent of man-kind's impact on the Earth, and some of them may even be credible.

    We may never know for sure if we're causing climate change - but here's a thought: does it hurt to treat our one and only home-world with respect? If we have the means to do it, we should be more careful about consuming resources and releasing pollution. If not for the sake of climate change, for the sake of our health, and the simple fact that our population is increasing while the planet stays the same size - we're eventually going to run out of certain resources. I'm not saying we all start living in grass huts and skip around bare-foot with hippie flowers in our hair, but most of us could be more careful with energy use and unnecessary waste. Even if we cannot prove that climate change is a reality I just don't see the harm in taking action, but when it comes down to it if humanity is causing climate change the consequences are terrible so what are we waiting for?

    Being a Minnesotan, it is a bit humorous that the global climate change discussion has become a dominant topic in the first place - seriously folks, it's Minnesota, we're far north and snow happens. I can say with confidence that this snowstorm isn't a result of global climate change, but from living in a state with naturally extremes in the weather!

    December 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chico

      I'll just take this one point: "Even if we cannot prove that climate change is a reality I just don't see the harm in taking action..." The harm in spending hundreds of BILLIONS on an environmental hoax like global warming is that those are BILLIONS that could be spent on tackling real environmental problems such as soil erosion or fertilizer run-off, or even hundreds of billions for education, health care, food for hungry children, etc. etc. Or even letting people KEEP the money they earn so they can provide for their families, rather than the government taking it at the point of a gun.

      The harm is the same as we'd be harmed if someone said, "Rock music is causing the earth to get hotter. We must spend $1 trillion to clear the air of rock music," and then when people asked them to prove it, the believers shouted them down - and then when it didn't get hotter, but rather colder, the same people said, "See? SEE! It's that rock music making the extremes of climate."

      And it WAS global warming that they threatened. Again, you know from Minnesota that the claim was there that there'd never be snow again. CO2 was said to be directly proportional to HEAT, so please don't switch the name now to "climate change." That's just weather. If you try, I simply will not let you.)

      Once, a future senator told the president that we needed to stop pumping CO2 into the air or in 30 years New York City and Washington DC and Miami would be under water. We had to act. We had to!

      The future senator was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the president was Nixon and the year was...1970. It's now 40 years later, and I go to work in Manhattan every day without a boat.

      December 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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