kalyn (ohio) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

news to the Midwest

Metrodome roof collapses; Giants-Vikings moved to Detroit

The roof of the Metrodome -- where the Minnesota Vikings play their home games -- collapsed early Sunday under heavy snow that blitzed the area over the weekend. And the NFL was forced to movie the Vikings' already-postponed game vs. the New York Giants out of Minnesota.

The NFL moved the game to Detroit, where it will be played at 7:20 p.m. ET on Monday. The league will distribute free tickets to the game at the Ford Field box office on Monday.

The Associated Press reported that Bill Lester, the executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said the damage was being assessed.

"There were no injuries, which we're thankful for," Lester said.

According to ESPN, Lester said that the dome suffered damage to two Teflon panels which are part of the inflatable roof.

The stadium was scheduled to host the Vikings' game vs. the Giants on Monday, a game that had already been postponed a day due to the heavy snow in the area. The NFL explored options on where to host the game, including at the University of Minnesota or another domed NFL stadium.

Minnesota's football team plays its games at TCF Bank Field, an outdoor facility that opened in 2009. But the school informed the Vikings the stadium would need several days to be ready to host an NFL game. 

The Vikings have been seeking a new stadium in Minnesota. They have played in the Metrodome since 1982. And as both the college football team and the Minnesota Twins baseball team have built new stadiums, the Vikings have remained the only major team in town playing in an old stadium.

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Tags: sports / athletes - football (nfl / cfl)
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