UPDATED: Vikings to play Giants in Detroit Monday night after Metrodome roof collapsesMINNEAPOLIS — The Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, has collapsed during a snowstorm, forcing the team to change venues for its game this weekend.
By: Associated Press, INFORUM
MINNEAPOLIS — The Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, has collapsed during a snowstorm, forcing the team to change venues for its game this weekend.
The Vikings game against the New York Giants has been moved to Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff will be at 6:20 p.m. Monday.
The NFL had discussions with Detroit and Indianapolis and ultimately decided to hold the game at Ford Field.
Earlier, Metrodome official Bill Lester said this morning that the Metrodome would unlikely to be ready in time for kickoff on Monday night.
Lester is the executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission that operates the stadium. He says the dome suffered damage to two of its triangle-shaped Teflon panels and that his crew is still assessing the situation.
The league briefly considered moving the game to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, but the school says it couldn't be ready in time.
The Metrodome's Teflon roof failed about 5 a.m. Sunday after a blizzard dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the area Saturday.
Metrodome facilities manager Steve Maki says the team is optimistic the roof can be repaired in time for next Monday's game against the Chicago Bears.
The Twin Cities area received 15 or more inches of snow on Saturday.
The delay has given Vikings quarterback Brett Favre more time to heal his sprained shoulder and see if he can extend his NFL-record streak of 297 straight games started.
Minneapolis and much of the upper Midwest have been hit by a blizzard that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in some areas.
The stadium opened in 1982.
The Metrodome roof has failed three times before. It deflated in 1981, 1982 and 1983, each time due to tears caused by heavy snow. The April 14, 1983, collapse forced the postponement of the Twins' game with California, which had been the only postponement. A slight tear also delayed a Twins game briefly in 1986.
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