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Metrodome can’t host Giants-Vikings, NFL seeks other options

The blizzard in Minnesota has damaged the Metrodome badly enough that this week’s Giants-Vikings game cannot be played there, and now the NFL is exploring options that would include the University of Minnesota, Ford Field in Detroit or Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has announced that Metrodome officials told the league that the dome will not be available for the Giants-Vikings game on Monday — and that it wouldn’t even be available if the league were willing to push the game back another day to Tuesday.

So now the league is exploring alternatives, and plans to play the game on Monday night. According to Aiello, the options are “the University of Minnesota stadium or another domed NFL stadium.”

The University of Minnesota’s stadium is outdoors, which would be brutal given the weather in Minnesota this week, and extremely difficult to remove all the snow. The Giants got on their plane yesterday thinking they were heading to Minnesota to play an indoor game, and they didn’t bring their cold-weather gear with them, so the Giants would have to scramble to get ready to play in bitter cold.

If the game does move to another domed NFL stadium, Detroit and Indianapolis would make the most sense geographically. The web sites for both Ford Field and Lucas Oil Stadium list no conflicting events for Monday night.

For FOX, which is scheduled to broadcast the Giants-Vikings game, Detroit may make the most sense because the network already has a crew in Detroit for Sunday’s Packers-Lions game.

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48 Responses to “Metrodome can’t host Giants-Vikings, NFL seeks other options”
  1. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 12, 2010 10:30 AM

    Then what about those who purchased tickets and couldn’t attend, do they get a refund?

  2. mrf47 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:31 AM

    Logically, this is proof that God wants Brett Favre to play football.

  3. vikings2102 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:31 AM

    Ed Werder just said this could take “weeks” to get the Dome ready for football. Yes, we need to worry about this week, but now what about next week’s Bears/Vikes game on MNF??

  4. cusoman says: Dec 12, 2010 10:32 AM

    St. Louis is closer than Detroit… just sayin’. Plus the Giants are already in Missouri, so they’d already be close enough to make that happen. I think St Louis makes the most sense geographically.

  5. mkepackfan says: Dec 12, 2010 10:33 AM

    TCF Bank Stadium or Monday at Lambeau…Pack fans will root for the Vikes and a plane from NY can bring the cold weather gear…not sure why it NEEDS to be in a dome.

  6. jbl429 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:34 AM

    See the comments below about all the Vikings fans complaining how this is an unfair advantage for the Giants. Forget that they’ve been stranded in an airport for 24 hours, they’re gonna cry about how the Giants should have to forfeit, wah wah wah.
    Get over another lost season Vikes fans.

  7. cusoman says: Dec 12, 2010 10:34 AM

    TCF Bank Stadium really should be considered though, NFL teams play in sub-zero temps all the time.

  8. 0ffsides says: Dec 12, 2010 10:35 AM

    It would be great for Detroit to actually have two NFL teams playing at Ford Field at the same time.

  9. whatsitlikehere says: Dec 12, 2010 10:35 AM

    Play outdoors at TCF stadium!

  10. mkepackfan says: Dec 12, 2010 10:36 AM

    Also, if they are considering UM’s stadium, why not other universities? Not ideal, but maybe Iowa?

  11. nygfan says: Dec 12, 2010 10:39 AM

    I want to hear what all the Vike fans who were calling for the Giants to forfeit have to say now. This stuff wouldn’t happen in Los Angeles!!!

  12. myasylum11 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

    Man, come to Green Bay! That would KICK ASS!!!

  13. dpeterjohnson09 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

    You mean they didn’t bring their cold-weather gear? Come on, proofread these posts!

  14. raiders4life says: Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

    The Rose Bowl or Colisium in LA are available NFL, Vikings. The new stadium(s) will not be erected for another 2-3 years but hey, we’re expecting another beautiful 80 degree day here beautiful Southern California in December. No snow expected here until………never!

  15. sirlawrenceofherlabia says: Dec 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    I second the St Louis suggestion. The dome is available

  16. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    It needs to be a dome to simulate the home team’s stadium.

    This isn’t about the Giants.

    It’s a Vikings home game.

  17. luckynumberlucas says: Dec 12, 2010 10:43 AM

    “and they didn’t bring their warm-weather gear with them, so the Giants would have to scramble to get ready to play in bitter cold.”

    Cold-weather gear, I think you mean.

  18. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 12, 2010 10:45 AM

    Camp Randall

  19. lowleadman says: Dec 12, 2010 10:47 AM

    They should play the game at the geographically closest location to the Metrodome, reducing the adverse conditions to the fans who purchased tickets. If they have to play outdoors, so what? There was a time that ALL NFL games were played outdoors, before corporate types who didn’t like sitting in the less then ideal conditions started bitching, and we all know who fills up the luxury boxes.

    All games, including the SB should be played in the elements. Some of the best games I have ever attended were bad weather games and it actually enhances the experience. If you don’t like the snow and the cold, watch it on the telly.

  20. thevet700 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:47 AM

    Play it outside at UM’s stadium. Send the equipment
    manager to Dick’s or some other place, they sell Under Armor. Its football suck it up!!

  21. phillyjoefry says: Dec 12, 2010 10:49 AM

    My sources believe that TCF bank stadium is NOT an option because it does not have an Instant replay system available.

  22. FinFan68 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:50 AM

    So, playing the game at an indoor venue is considered an option? The closest stadium to the Vikings home stadium should be used as long as it is viable. Outside should not matter, Viks played for years at the Met. To ship the game off to detroit or indy is just plain dumb; might as well play in Miami.

  23. nosaintsfan79 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    They should play the game in New Jersey like the Saints had to do after Katrina when they played a “home game” in Giants Stadium in 2005

  24. tommytd says: Dec 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    It would be great for Detroit to actually have two NFL teams playing at Ford Field at the same time.
    ====================================
    Well done!

  25. nsevh76 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    ” The Giants got on their plane yesterday thinking they were heading to Minnesota to play an indoor game, and they didn’t bring their warm-weather gear with them, so the Giants would have to scramble to get ready to play in bitter cold.”

    They didn’t bring their warm-weather gear with them? Guess that dome was a little drafty before the roof caved in too.

  26. belicheckyoself says: Dec 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_football_stadiums_by_capacity

    Not as many domed options as I thought.

    Normally I would think the Vikings should have to forfeit but the league already gave a break to NYG!

  27. sh4doww4lker says: Dec 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    University of Northern Iowa, unidome is a possibility for the Vikings Giants Game. Limited seating capacity (16,324) ….. but would allow a dome stadium available Monday.

  28. jredshoes says: Dec 12, 2010 10:59 AM

    Lets see..the Giants are already in Kansas City…the Chiefs are in San Diego…so why not play in Arrowhead. Oh wait that makes sense

  29. jliehr says: Dec 12, 2010 11:00 AM

    Why not have the Giants stay in KC, and have the Vikes fly to KC for a Monday night game. Vikes fans don’t have to drive very far!

  30. realitypolice says: Dec 12, 2010 11:01 AM

    phillyjoefry says:
    Dec 12, 2010 10:49 AM
    My sources believe that TCF bank stadium is NOT an option because it does not have an Instant replay system available.
    ========================

    Your “sources” should probably have known that NCAA football has had instant replay for several years.

  31. dtrb10 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:01 AM

    This is BS. The Giants didn’t bring thier cold weather gear. Man up. Play at the Bank.

  32. realitypolice says: Dec 12, 2010 11:07 AM

    Ironically, playing the game outdoors would be advantage Giants. They play far more cold weather outdoor games on average, per year, than the Vikings do, since their stadium features some of the crappiest winter weather in the league.

  33. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Dec 12, 2010 11:10 AM

    That Super Bowl during the winter in New Jersey is looking smarter and smarter all the time.

  34. xtb3 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    thats the good thing about the super bowl in new york in a couple of years – at least the roof won’t collapse.

  35. 44kyle says: Dec 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    In the video from KMIN taken just before the dome collapsed, if you look at the 3:24 mark, you can see a woman on top of the dome with a hatchet. She looks suspiciously like Jennifer Sterger.
    Might be better to settle the case quietly.

  36. xtb3 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:14 AM

    that minnesota weather always gave bud grant and his vikings a huge edge. the team never was the same since they moved to the dome.

  37. cusoman says: Dec 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    “It was a cold December morning in Vikingland when out of the darkness a wealthy real estate tycoon from the eastern shores entered the dome with a long sharp knife, a creepy laugh, and a yearning for a new football stadium. Was it the weight of the snow or a few well placed slashes of his trusty knife that did in the Dome? We’ll never know. :)”

  38. 44kyle says: Dec 12, 2010 11:18 AM

    So how likely is it that the Vikings will renew their Metrodome lease now?

  39. bigbear12 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:23 AM

    This stuff wouldn’t happen in Los Angeles!!!

  40. brewer520 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    I say move it to Phoenix. A truly nuetral site with transplants from both Minnesota and New York. Tickets would sell there with proceeds going to the vikings to refund fans that can’t travel to the game. Phoenix has previously hosted a Chargers “home” game with those proceeds from ticket sales donated to charitiy due to fires in the San Diego area if I remember correctly.

  41. cometkazie says: Dec 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    I hope this has the gambling industry upset. They will probably impose their wills on the NFL.

    Just cancel the game.

  42. thatmulekicks says: Dec 12, 2010 11:39 AM

    0ffsides says:
    Dec 12, 2010 10:35 AM
    It would be great for Detroit to actually have two NFL teams playing at Ford Field at the same time.

    ________________________________

    You are right. It would be great.

    Who is the other one?

  43. arodg12 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:40 AM

    To the two posters that suggested either Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City or the dome at Northern Iowa, please do not make any further comments on this site. You obviously have no clue. We are all now dumber for reading your posts.

  44. robinowitz says: Dec 12, 2010 11:52 AM

    With Favre desperately trying to hang onto his consecutive starts record, have Dome investigators checked the collapsed roof for Favre’s fingerprints?

  45. pervyharvin says: Dec 12, 2010 11:57 AM

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    myasylum11 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

    Man, come to Green Bay! That would KICK ASS!!!
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    Get it right, that would SUCK ASS! Place is a dump…

  46. upperdecker19 says: Dec 12, 2010 12:07 PM

    Cue the “Vikings to LA” topic

  47. cletusvandam says: Dec 12, 2010 12:34 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 12, 2010 10:42 AM
    It needs to be a dome to simulate the home team’s stadium.

    This isn’t about the Giants.

    It’s a Vikings home game.

    Maybe if the Vikings were worried about home games they wouldn’t have had Moe, Larry, and Curly build the stadium

  48. frank booth says: Dec 12, 2010 12:45 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 12, 2010 11:57 AM
    #
    myasylum11 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:41 AM

    Man, come to Green Bay! That would KICK ASS!!!
    ======================================
    Get it right, that would SUCK ASS! Place is a dump…
    ===================================
    Lambeau Field is one of the best places in the country to watch a game- the Dome is probably the worst venue of the NFL, and few would disagree. It’s ugly on the outside, and its ugly on the inside.

    It looks like a big pimply pusbag, with with the capacity to hold 64,000 different kids of bacteria inside, as well as the parasitic Favre.

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