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. bill

    / rant mode on
    whats so funny is all the fight about smoking in a building is bad but dumping crap in the water and air is ok? Too much.

    So why is it illegal to stuff the tailpipe of your car into the house and cause injury or death? Can't people breath that stuff?

    And guess what happens when the climate has changed in the past? stuff dies. The question is would we? Nah we'd just start a big war to reduce the population to the then current carrying capacity of whatever land is not frozen or underwater.
    / end rant

    Anyway back to the dome, it was designed to be able to deflate just for this purpose. Normally you don't see this as they have people who climb up there and move the weight (snow) off but it was just too windy.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sugar

    Well said Chico

    December 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nikos

    Is Al Gore involved in this fiasco?

    December 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meeee

    Football is to be played outside and to the mamby pamby wimps that cant understand that. .stay home! as far as climate change it is very real. .wait a few months and it'll change again

    December 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. go team

    Hooray favre, gets a chance to keep his streak alive. That's what he cares about the most, no matter what he says.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rick james

    @Chico: you are my hero

    @binbum: I work in the oilfield taking hydrocarbons from the earth that was on the surface of the earth 130 million years ago, I drive a big truck, want to tyrade on? Go destroy everything you own including your computer and phone–most if not all of your personal items are made with/from/or a byproduct of hydrocarbons

    Now about the dome–it collapsed only after finally realizing that brets career collapsed many a years ago–bret go back to ms and continue to financially support your high school rivals–st stanislas and to think they put a bronze statue up at your highschool football field; sell out

    December 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kaye

    wow heavy wet snow....and we are shocked???....um why???

    December 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. greg

    not sure why every weather related story turns into a 'global warming' debate... Im not convinced one way or the other regarding human-made climate change... One thing is certain, the climate runs in cycles. And there will always be variations within those cycles.
    I do think we should be good stewards of this earth, I dont want to see our ignorance and greed make it into a pollution filled toxic waste dump. I think most rightwingers and lefties can agree on that point.
    Here is a point to consider, whatever your views on climate change...Those wonderful hydrocarbons that we love to burn are of course a completely natural part of the earth, but we have to consider they represent 300+million years of concentrated energy. And when the majority of them were deposited the earths climate was indeed hotter than the present. Is it really wise to put back 300million years worth of carbon into the atmosphere in a few generations time?

    December 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. msmith313

    im from syracuse, NY and the director of athletics at syracuse university has offered to send the spare of the roof that they had leftover from when the weather conditions caused a problem for the carrier dome back in the 1990's.
    In the sports portion of this the situation we have for the game now which will be played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan is this delay is giving Brett Farve more time to relay his injury to his clavicular in his shoulder. The best cure for this is indeed rest and if Brett wants to be able to throw the ball and be able to survive the brutal hits he will be taking by the New York Giants Defense he will need to be as healthy as posible.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. matheus5000

    nossa mt legal kkkk sabe português acho que ñ my name is matheus i like post im from is juiz de fora brazil

    December 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Erin

    Can someone tell us what is the animal looking thing, that runs across the Metrodome as the roof is collapsing. Look in the bottom right corner as the roof begins to leak snow and slowly comes down. An animal or person or something runs by to the right. It is really big looking and I am curious, what is that and why is it there?

    December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Babygirl

    Wow... I have never seen anything like that.. http://www.purecomplex.com

    December 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pw

    Why is this news? It goes to show; it's not nice to mess with mother nature.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bbwolf906

    Erin , that's a chupacabra(sorry about the spelling), they are only spotted after global warming has reached the tipping point. As for the dome roof(i think that was the name on this thread) i remember living in mpls when i was a young man and they were constructing the dome. the roof collapsed then too. they didn't heat it enough to melt the snow rapidly to melt it and remove the weight, you can see in the first part of the video i watched that water pours in first then a larger opening occurs and the snow pours in. maybe it's possible that they intentionally turned the heat down to cause it to fail and motivate those in charge to get the taxpayers to build a new one. or maybe they were just concerned about burning fossil fuels to keep the snow off

    December 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jensully7

    I was schocked to see that the dome had collapsed due to heavy snow. You would think that a state that has so much snow would build a stadium more reliable for that type of weather!

    December 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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