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Reports: Metrodome roof has collapsed

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Heavy snow in Minneapolis has caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse, multiple media outlets are reporting.

Today’s Giants-Vikings game had already been rescheduled to Monday night, but it will now possibly need to be moved to another venue as well.

There’s no word yet on where the game might take place; five years ago, when a scheduled Giants-Saints game had to be moved out of New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, the Giants ended up hosting the game on Monday night. A more fair choice would be to move the game to TCF Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Golden Gophers play their home games.

There are no reports of injuries, and no one is believed to have been inside early this morning. The Metrodome roof is inflatable, not rigid. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the roof is no longer visible above the dome’s concrete bowl.

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77 Responses to “Reports: Metrodome roof has collapsed”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 12, 2010 8:46 AM

    That’s why inflatable roofs shouldn’t be allowed.

    What a mess.

  2. leroy36 says: Dec 12, 2010 8:48 AM

    Play outside, the way football should be played.

  3. krow101 says: Dec 12, 2010 8:50 AM

    Which of the Three Stooges runs that team in Minnesota? I forgot.

  4. flashdeath says: Dec 12, 2010 8:51 AM

    Its true all right. I am sitting here looking out of my apartment window looking at the mess. Oh the humanity! Who needs tickets, ceap?

  5. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 12, 2010 8:53 AM

    A fitting metaphor for the Vikings season.

    SKOL!

  6. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 8:54 AM

    Where do they play out the season? Can they play at TCF Stadium (Gophers) …. Be like olden times at The Met.

    If they go on road (at Giants and Bears) that’s major disadvantge for Vikes (and Leslie Frazier’s ongoing audition) and Green Bay and other teams chasing Giants and Bears.

  7. kingjoe1 says: Dec 12, 2010 8:55 AM

    Blow that b back up already. Where is Paris Hilton when you need her?

    For the Eagles sake, I hope they dont play until Tuesday.

  8. aceven24 says: Dec 12, 2010 8:56 AM

    I hope no one was hurt, but does anyone know where farve was at the time of the incident as I heard they just added frost bite to his list of injuries.

  9. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    Hopefully no one got hurt in what amounts to an engineering disaster, but that being said, the Vikes should just let Favre hold a press conference in the now disabled blow up tent, and all the hot air will replenish the balloon. And what are the odds for….”This would never happen in LA” comments surely to follow….

  10. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    Maybe the dome is just trying to fit in with the team. Everyone wants to feel like they are a part of something.

  11. pftisbecominglame says: Dec 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    Well, if there’s EVER been a legitimate argument for the Vikes to get a new stadium, I suppose this is it. Thankfully, no one was hurt, so this may turn out to be a substantial positive for the team that couldn’t seem to get anyone to listen before.

  12. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 8:58 AM

    Kind of a metaphor for Vikes season – COLLAPSE ….

    Under the weight of FAVRE! See Jets. 2008.

  13. pondbridge says: Dec 12, 2010 8:59 AM

    God makes a comment about the Vikings’ season.

  14. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 9:00 AM

    And a metaphor for Favre’s career: COLLAPSE

  15. chedberg says: Dec 12, 2010 9:03 AM

    Los Angeles, here they come!!

  16. bigblue10 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:03 AM

    the giants cant play outside unless they send the equipment guys back to nj to get different gear. they were prepared to play in a dome, not outside in a snow storm and freezing conditions.

  17. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 9:08 AM

    True bigblue10 … I assumed that UMinn field isn’t even prepared for football and also buried in snow …

  18. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 9:09 AM

    aceven24 says:
    Dec 12, 2010 8:56 AM

    I hope no one was hurt, but does anyone know where farve was at the time of the incident as I heard they just added frost bite to his list of injuries.

    ==========

    Too-shay!

  19. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 9:10 AM

    Basically what bigblue10 is saying is that the G-Hens forgot their diaphragms…

  20. laxer37 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:11 AM

    See what happens when you mess with Jen Sterger?

  21. moosewolsey says: Dec 12, 2010 9:13 AM

    Move the game to neighboring Lambeau.. the Packer Nation would love to welcome Benedict Brett to snowy Lambeau one more time…

  22. bigblue10 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:14 AM

    bodybaggame: the G-Hens thing, brilliant! Hahaha!!!

  23. klingonj says: Dec 12, 2010 9:15 AM

    the common thread here is Brett Farve.

  24. eagleswin says: Dec 12, 2010 9:15 AM

    God must’ve heard that Brett wasn’t ready to play this week and wanted to do his part to keep the streak going.

  25. R8RBOB says: Dec 12, 2010 9:15 AM

    Looks like Minnesota will either pony up some money for a new stadium or watch the Vikings flee like the Lakers and North Stars. Wilf have all the chips needed to make Minnesota finally say yea or nay

  26. FinFan68 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:16 AM

    This has happened a few times before. Any idea how long it takes to blow it back up and certify? I would think that they will have to play at the Gophers’ stadium…if the Giants could get there. This scheduling nightmare could have been worse if either of these teams happened to be scheduled for next week’s Thursday game (get rid of those…except Thanksgiving games)

  27. The Exception says: Dec 12, 2010 9:18 AM

    This is God’s way of saying you should stop playing in domes like sissies.

  28. devrocks247 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:22 AM

    I think that the LA Coliseum is available.

  29. ncoolong says: Dec 12, 2010 9:26 AM

    The reason it collapsed was because they couldn’t clear the snow off it last night due to the 35 mph winds. They just need to get the snow off and re-inflate it, which they’re doing right now. They aren’t going to move it to TCF, there’s no way they have the time to put that together.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Dec 12, 2010 9:27 AM

    I say this as a die hard Vikes fan. F it. Just give them the win. I’d take this as a sign from god that he don’t want us playing this one.

    I also take this as a sign that it is time for a new damn stadium. And I should seriously consider moving too because there are like 2 feet of snow in my damn driveway.

  31. pftisbecominglame says: Dec 12, 2010 9:27 AM

    So, what’s the NFL going to do when the SB in NYC is snowed out? Media can’t get downtown because of the blizzard…team bus fell over a cliff…refs couldn’t be flown in from the Burgh to officiate a Steelers SB and insure they won. Oh the humanity!

  32. jackfactor says: Dec 12, 2010 9:27 AM

    Maybe the D-Bags calling for the Giants to forfeit should take a dose of their own bitter, biased medicine.

    Probably a good think the Giants are not there.

  33. h8dansnyder says: Dec 12, 2010 9:27 AM

    @bigblue10: Dick’s Sporting Goods (or Mall of America). No need for a return trip to the big crapple.

  34. kenny1960 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    I smell a setup here. It is just too damn convenient for the roof to collapse NOW when the team is trying to get a new stadium and the politicians are balking at the cost during a recession and you also have the added factor of the two competing groups in LA trying to STEAL a team ? This smacks of a conspiracy to force someone to fish or cut bait. Either the politicians get off their butts and approve a stadium deal or the two lowlife thieving groups in LA have to get their acts together to complete their plans to build a stadium and steal this team from the good people of Minnesota. And it will be a theft if they do it. No fan base is not deserving of a team more than the trendy LA look at me crowd. This experiment has already failed not once, Not twice , But three times if you count the Chargers leaving LA in the early 1960’s. Many of us are just plain sick and tired of hearing anything about LA PERIOD !!

  35. andyprough says: Dec 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    @MDS – “A more fair choice would be to move the game to TCF Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Golden Gophers play their home games.”

    =============

    LA Coliseum? Why wait till next year to unveil the new LA Vikings?

  36. meatball13 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    I trashed the Giants for not flying in on Friday.Now it’s Minnesotas turn…..How can you have a stadium in a city in the snow belt that has a roof not able to withstand the snow?Yet another fine example of the lack of common sense that exists seemingly everywhere.

  37. sportsjustice says: Dec 12, 2010 9:35 AM

    • The Giants are morons for not leaving NY on Friday. What a joke of an organization. Have you ever heard of weather.com? Seriously no no one wants to hear you b-and moan cause of your ineptitude Giants fans. Play in the cold like men.

    • Hey Minneapolis, still don’t want to fund a new stadium? Last time I heard it doesnt snow in LA. Now goodluck getting players back in the old dome after they see the new haven the city built in TCF Stadium, not to mention new Target Field. It’s time to keep the NFL in town or else.’

  38. ham1 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:38 AM

    Giants capitilized on the saints misfortune. Yea they “hosted” the game if you mean they had the Giants crowd at Giants stadium and the Saints got to call it their “home game” when it was anything but that. Katrina wipes out the dadgum state and the Giants get another homefield advantage over the rest of the NFC East that year.
    If the NFL had any they would move games like that to a neutral site, but no, its always about the Benjimans.

  39. bubbabart says: Dec 12, 2010 9:39 AM

    I have an idea…get that big bag of wind Dan Dierdorf to huff and puff a little and the roof will inflate ASAP!

  40. sdelmonte says: Dec 12, 2010 9:42 AM

    I love that PFT has a baseball photo and HBT has a football photo.

  41. gypjet says: Dec 12, 2010 9:42 AM

    Minn. offical just said “No way the dome can be repaired by Monday night.”

  42. kcchiefsgal says: Dec 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    The Giants are already stranded here in KC. Bring the Vikings to KC and play at New Arrowhead on MNF!

  43. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    L.A. , here we come .

    Sincerely The Vikings

  44. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 9:45 AM

    This would never happen — IN AN OPEN-AIR STADIUM!

    Blow up all domes.

  45. missinghoagies says: Dec 12, 2010 9:48 AM

    Problem playing at the Bank as I see it is Bank holds over 10,000 less fans then the dome and the cold weather gear issue. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Both issues can be solved and with temps for Monday Night being in the negatives I do not anticipate many dome loving fans eager to watch a very disappointing team in brutal conditions. How often does one see NFL owners give back money though as there would have to be major refunds given to fans. The commissioner will need to step in and dictate what the Vikings need to do.

  46. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 9:48 AM

    FYI – The LA Vikings will be housed in an open-air stadium.
    :-)

  47. cusoman says: Dec 12, 2010 9:49 AM

    Hahahaha, I’m a Vikes fan and live in MN and this is hilarious! Really shines light on just how terrible that place is – in fact they shouldn’t even bother trying to fix it and re-inflate it, just raze the thing and play the remaining games at the mercy of the elements at TCF Bank Stadium – that’s where they’d end up playing in the interim with a stadium being built anyways…

    Vikes fans, temper yourselves, that piece of crap dome DESERVES all these jokes and ire.

  48. joerevs300 says: Dec 12, 2010 9:52 AM

    And with that, I give you the Los Angeles Vikings. Seriously, with all the money the NFL has, how in the hell did they let a team build a down that WASN’T rigid when they, you know, get a LOT of snow in Minnesota? And snow is HEAVY. And a lot of snow can collapse even good structures?

    When it rains, it pours or, in this case, when it snows it brings the roof down.

  49. meso0rnery says: Dec 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    This is all George Bush’s fault. He should have had a plan in place for such an event. He knew that roof was weak. In fact, I saw him on top of the Metrodome last night with a fork in his hand, poking holes in the roof.

  50. dryheaveone says: Dec 12, 2010 9:56 AM

    you really can’t blame them, they didn’t expect that much snow

  51. nflhof says: Dec 12, 2010 10:00 AM

    They should just play the game in LA and get a jump on their new home.

  52. 12isgreaterthan4 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:01 AM

    Nice stadium, Minnesota.

    As mentioned before, the collapse of the Vikings’ venue is a nice commentary on their “Super Bowl or bust” season.

    Unfortunate, actually – because the Vikings beating the Giants and Bears in the next two weeks would actually be very beneficial to the Packers.

  53. cusoman says: Dec 12, 2010 10:04 AM

    Reports now are that the game will not happen on Monday now and that they are working out the details of where and when to play the game…

  54. edenprairiemn says: Dec 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    OMG, I am in total shock right now. I can not believe our stadium is totaled…. I am literally in shock….

  55. promin1 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    bodybaggame…hilarious. So I guess you could go out and play football in 5 degree temps and in 20 inches of snow in a t shirt? idiot.

  56. sailor6147 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    I blame this states liberal politicians, that are more concerned about funding their pet entitlement programs, than funding anything that many middle class voters would enjoy!

  57. east96st says: Dec 12, 2010 10:10 AM

    Where are the ten to fifteen morons who were screaming last night for the Giants being forced to forfeit at now???? How come the Giants “had to forfeit” because their plane got stranded but Minny doesn’t have to because they don’t have a safe stadium to play in? Amazing the voices crying out for a forfeit have suddenly gone silent. The hypocrites and morons have all gone back under their rocks.

  58. heavythumb says: Dec 12, 2010 10:14 AM

    ^just to answer the question, it took 4 says to re-inflate when it collapsed during construction in 1982. I can’t remember how long it took to re-inflate the last time it happened, which was in 1983.

    Hilarious, though. What a strange, strange season…

  59. heavythumb says: Dec 12, 2010 10:14 AM

    *4 days

  60. 4sacroc says: Dec 12, 2010 10:15 AM

    Metrodome Roof Collapsed, Just Like The Vikings

  61. jimmysee says: Dec 12, 2010 10:16 AM

    Could a football gridiron fit in Miller Park in Milwaukee?

    It’s a dome with a rigid roof.

    The Cleveland Indians moved a series there a few years back when a blizzard hit Cleveland opening week.

  62. realitypolice says: Dec 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    You can’t blame the people who designed the stadium for not being prepared for something like this. I mean, how often does it snow in Minnesota?

  63. commonspence says: Dec 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    Here’s a photo:

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/

  64. gangsterg22 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    bodybaggame says:
    Dec 12, 2010 9:10 AM
    Basically what bigblue10 is saying is that the G-Hens forgot their diaphragms…

    hey boggie bag, how do you know what a diaphragm is? because lets face it, you have not been with a women. or your are a women. and in that case, this would answer my original question.

  65. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 12, 2010 10:26 AM

    Dome and Farve’s noodle are flaccid.

    End of the line for the 2010 Vikes.

    G-Men by 30.

  66. raiders4life says: Dec 12, 2010 10:29 AM

    Shall I say the straw that broke the camel’s back? Since Minnesota won’t give the Vikings a new stadium, Minnesota will soon be without football. The Metrodome is an unsafe location got football or any sport to be played in and this is just one example. I’m sure the two LA groups seeking an NFL franchise will be jumping all over this breaking news to finally convince the Vikings ownership to join the Lakers as teams to bounce out of the twin cities.

  67. redboer says: Dec 12, 2010 10:35 AM

    I like heat. But for the ones who like to sit in weather-Heres the deal. Toss the roof, add dirt, plant grass, paint lines. That simple. Save taxpayers money.

  68. mkepackfan says: Dec 12, 2010 10:40 AM

    How much did the TC get? We got nowhere close to what was predicted but its blowing like a mothertrucker in SE WI. The Chicago v Pats game will be interesting.

  69. laxer37 says: Dec 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    4sacroc says:

    This would never happen — IN AN OPEN-AIR STADIUM!

    ————————————————

    Figure that out all by yourself?

  70. east96st says: Dec 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    ham1 says: “Giants capitilized on the saints misfortune. Yea they “hosted” the game if you mean they had the Giants crowd at Giants stadium and the Saints got to call it their “home game” when it was anything but that. Katrina wipes out the dadgum state and the Giants get another homefield advantage over the rest of the NFC East that year. If the NFL had any they would move games like that to a neutral site, but no, its always about the Benjimans.”

    1) The NFL moved that game and TRIED to play it in Louisiana and Texas, but no stadiums were available.
    2) All proceeds from that game were donated to Hurricane relief for New Orleans.
    3) NYers have given more to hurricane relief for NO than Louisiana residents have. You’re welcome, douche. Next time, we’ll let your city drown and you can pay for to save it – or not.

  71. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    @gangsterg22
    ________________
    as a gangster (nice original name btw), i know comprehension isn’t you’re strongest suit, but try and keep up Einstein, and perhaps read between the lines a bit…and one more thing. boogie bag? Wow, did you learn that from all those semesters at college?

  72. recon163 says: Dec 12, 2010 11:09 AM

    For kenny1960:

    You are such a maroon……..

    “I smell a setup here. It is just too damn convenient for the roof to collapse NOW when the team is trying to get a new stadium and the politicians are balking at the cost during a recession and you also have the added factor of the two competing groups in LA trying to STEAL a team ?”

    Yes the NFL and the LA groups conspired to have a huge storm drop 17 inches of snow on the roof.

    “This experiment has already failed not once, Not twice , But three times if you count the Chargers leaving LA in the early 1960′s.”

    Experiment? The Rams were in LA for over 40 years idiot.

    An experiment is putting an NFL team in a small market. Which leads to said team having to tarp over its seats, offer deep discounts on tickets, offer special financing for season tickets, and still run the weekly risk of being blacked out. An experiment is trying to see if a team can exist in a market where 5% of the population needs to attend a game for it to be sold out.

    “Many of us are just plain sick and tired of hearing anything about LA PERIOD !!”

    Somebody hears footsteps heading west…….

  73. tommytd says: Dec 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Put Palin in there and let her go on one of her rants…bingo…instant inflation!

  74. bodybaggame says: Dec 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    Jeez..Only BigBlue10 got what was a joke, basically saying the G-Hens were gonna get screwed, and weren’t prepared….hence the reference….What a bunch of sensitive bitches…

  75. stixzidinia says: Dec 12, 2010 11:55 AM

    Vikings don’t deserve a new stadium. Make them share with the University team until they prove they deserve a stadium…….which will be never so might as well book passage to SoCal.

  76. bearsfan007 says: Dec 12, 2010 1:18 PM

    This is definately George Bush’s fault….What a Travertory!!

  77. thirdngoal says: Dec 12, 2010 1:55 PM

    rumor has it a guy with a purple #4 jersey was spotted on the roof Saturday night doing something with his LEFT hand to the roof.

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