Sunday, December 12, 2010

BREAKING: Metrodome Roof Collapses, Giants-Vikes Won't Play There...Detroit Instead...

The teflon roof covering the Metrodome's Mall of America field has collapsed due to heavy amounts of snow.

Around 5AM local time Sunday the roof of the "Dome" caved in far enough to where it was not visible from ground level.

The Metrodome was supposed to be the site of a "Sunday" football game between the Vikings and the New York Giants until the NFL offices rescheduled the game to Monday night.

<a href="" target="_new" title="">NFL on FOX: Metrodome collapse</a>

No word on a reschedule of the reschedule or any injuries...
More when we know more...

Here's video from very early this morning...

1015 UPDATE: According to Dennis McGrath of the Star-Tribune, the roof tore in three places shortly after 5 a.m., said Roy Terwilliger, head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

From McGrath:
In the meantime, the NFL, Vikings, Giants and Dome officials have held three conference calls -- two Saturday night and one early this morning.

"The NFL has a set procedure in their policy for when a facility is not available," he said.

"The only thing we can say right now is that it's not practical to have a game here today, tomorrow or even Tuesday," Terwilliger said.

1115 UPDATE: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via Twitter accountthat the league is considering playing the game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus Monday night, or in another NFL domed stadium- most likely in Detroit, St. Louis, or Indianapolis.

"The facility -- we don't think sustained other damage to the seats or scoreboard or other structures," Terwilliger said.

Terwilliger said the focus now is on trying to get the Dome repaired in time for the December 20th game against the Chicago Bears.

1145 UPDATE: The NFL Network, through their sources, is saying the game will be moved to Ford Field in Detroit and will kickoff at 7:20 Monday night. The FOX network already had TV equipment in place there and it became the logical choice.

The game will be available to the Twin Cities, New York, and Rochester, Minnesota markets. It will also be available to Sunday Ticket subscribers.


poker affiliate said...

The Vikings should be thankful they avoided a major disaster. If this would have transpired during the game...there would have been widespread panic.

Jon Nelson said...

And if this doesn't give their owner a reason to petition for a new stadium, I don't know what will...