Metrodome Roof Collapses, Giants @ Vikings Moved to Detroit’s Ford Field


A partial collapse of the Minnesota Metrodome’s roof means the Giants-Vikings game has now moved to Ford Field in nearby Detroit.  The Vikings reportedly wanted to play at the University of Minnesota but it would have taken the crew at least a week to get it ready for an NFL game.

Via ESPN:

Detroit’s Ford Field will host the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game Monday night that was moved from Minneapolis after the Metrodome’s inflatable Teflon roof collapsed under the weight of snow from a heavy storm that passed through Saturday.

Thank goodness nobody was hurt.  Just last night there was a crew working to remove some of the snow from the roof, until they were pulled for safety concerns.

“There were no injuries, which we’re thankful for,” Lester said.

On Sunday morning, six workers could be seen on the concrete rim of the stadium, shoveling off snow. The roof, a white bubble criss-crossed with cables holding it in place, could no longer be seen from the street.

The game will still be on tomorrow night, but now it’s in Detroit where interestingly, neither team will have a true home field advantage.

The Giants (8-4) and Vikings (5-7) were originally scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, but the game was postponed until 8 p.m. ET Monday. FOX was to have regional coverage of the game in both Minnesota and New York and the game will be available nationally for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV.

  • http://www.google.com Tamiz Ahmed

    Have you guys seen the unreal video from FoxSports of the roof collapsing? Who knows when football will be played there again. http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/nfl-on-fox?vid=ca15cffb-3b66-49a0-84ca-20ed0a175567

  • http://www.thelandryhat.com Joe D. Ramirez

    http://thelandryhat.com/2010/12/13/giants-vikings-to-be-relocated/

    Hey Andrew, I wrote this on a sister site about the game being relocated. As a Cowboys fan I have a different opinion regarding the matter, but I’m happy to see what yall have to say.

    “It is said that luck is the result of hard work and design. But the NY Giants must have a four leaf clover stuck to the bottom of their cleats because they have another away game that isn’t. The roof of the Metrodome collapes and the game must be relocated. The Minnesota Vikings preferred to relocate the game at the University of Minnesota; the Giants preferred to play in Detroit. Where will the game be played? Detroit. Detroit, a short 9 hour drive for Vikings fans. I guess if there is any reason to cut out of work early on a Monday, football is as good of a reason as any other. The reason given by the NFL is that there are network cameras already set up in Detroit and making the transition to Minnesota would be unfeasible.”

  • Andrew Ilnicki

    Its fortunate no one was hurt. But to be travelling all weekend isn’t exactly lucky for the giants

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