Metrodome Roof Finally Repaired After Collapsing In December

Four months and nearly $23 million later, the Metrodome roof has been repaired and re-inflated in Minnesota.

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Metrodome Roof Finally Repaired After Collapsing In December

The Metrodome roof was re-inflated for the first time Wednesday morningseven months after it first collapsed prior to a scheduled NFL game between the hometown Minnesota Vikings and visiting New York Giants.

The reason for its collapse was due to the amount of snow sitting on top of the roof, but four months and $22.7 million later, the Metrodome looks as good as new. Well, not quite new, but as good as the roof looked atop the Metrodome before it collapsed, anyway.

The new roof includes criss-crossing rows of hanging panels designed to improve the building's acoustics, according to Vikings assistant director of public affairs Jeff Anderson. Anderson uploaded a picture on Twitter, as well, showing off the Vikings' new digs.


It's unclear what spending $22 million to fix the Vikings current stadium does to its plans of trying to build a new stadium, but at least the team will have a place to play if the NFL lockout ever ends.


Timeline On Metrodome Roof Collapse Repair Is Still Unclear

The Metrodome roof collapse is turning out to be quite the problem. After moving two home games because of the collapsed roof, officials are trying to figure out the extent of the damage and a timeline for its repair.

"They're hoping to know the full extent of the damage and get a real good sense of the timing (for repair)," said Pat Milan, a commission spokesman.

The Vikings finish the season with two road games so they're not in immediate need of the stadium. There were four panels that were originally damaged and engineers used a shotgun this week to blow out a fifth panel that had a load of ice on it. But that's not the end of it.

More recently, engineers have identified an additional three or four panels that are still carrying ice loads and may be "candidates" for replacement. A couple of those panels "have torn slightly but haven't done the whole fall-down routine," Milan said.

They're still melting some of the ice on the roof which is key in making the repair a safe working environment. Once that happens, they can get a more accurate picture of what the repair process will be.

Suffice to say, this is a big project.


TCF Bank Stadium Officially Host Of Bears Vs. Vikings On Monday Night Football

The NFL sent out a press release on Friday indicating that Monday night's game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will be played at TCF Bank Stadium, home to the University of Minnesota.

Previously the NFL had qualified their statements like "barring insurmountable circumstances" the game would be played there but this is the clearest statement yet that the game will be TCF Bank Stadium.

The news isn't much of a surprise considering they were getting down to the wire on other host stadiums. Lucas Oil dome, home of the Indianapolis Colts, was thrown around as a possibility at one point.

But it appears now that it's officially official: TCF Bank Stadium will be the host of the next Monday Night Football game.


TCF Bank Stadium Still A Go For Monday Night Football Amid Player Concerns

Minnesota Vikings players aren't happy about leaving the friendly confines of the Metrodome for frigid TCF Bank Stadium. Their opponent, the Chicago Bears, also expressed concern about the conditions of the stadium, mainly the frozen turf that more closely resembles asphalt. With all the concerns, is it possible the NFL will make another last-minute change, opting to move the game to another neutral site? 

According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the game will go on at TCF Bank Stadium, despite freezing temperatures and a massive cleanup effort needed to prepare the field.

"The game is going to be played there," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The decision has been made. If the situation changes and something unusual happens, we'll adjust. But there are no indications we wouldn't be able to play the game there. It's full steam ahead preparing the field and the stadium for a game on Monday."

NFL executive vice president echo'd that sentiment, telling players to, more or less, deal with it.

"This is Minnesota -- you all know how to deal with cold," Grubman said. While he said there are particular concerns about the frozen field, "football is a cold-weather game."

The collapse of the Metrodome, and the ensuing scheduling chaos that followed, has been nothing short of a disaster for the Vikings. On Monday, they'll the field at TCF Bank Stadium in front of what could be a sparse crowd, deterred by the frigid temperatures that go along with outdoor football in Minnesota. Add in the lack of alcohol and it's a recipe for attendance disaster.

Let's just hope no players are seriously hurt after hitting the rock-solid turf on Monday.


TCF Bank Stadium Will Have No Alcohol, Tickets Good For Seats On First-Come, First-Serve Basis

It's official. The Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Monday Night Football game at TCF Bank Stadium will be more like a high school game. No, no, we're not talking about the talent on the field (though you could argue the Vikings looked like a high school team at times).

There are two important differences between this game and a normal NFL game -- other than the fact that it's not, you know, being played at a college football stadium.

First, there won't be alcohol served at the game. That will likely make tailgating a little livelier as folks try to get their fill before the game because they won't be getting any alcohol inside. Surely no one will sneak any inside....

Second, this is a first-come, first-serve seating event. Indeed, if you're not there early, your ticket doesn't matter. Here's the relevant portion of the Vikings press release:

This is a first-come, first-served event. The Vikings anticipate this game to be well-attended and having a valid ticket does not guarantee admittance into TCF Bank Stadium. In the event that some ticket holders are turned away on game night due to capacity, only the original ticket account owners will receive a full refund.

Which means plenty of folks will be getting into the stadium and sprinting to their seats. Sprinting in a stadium filled with....


Yeah...this will turn out well.


TCF Bank Stadium Has Bears Players Worried About Safety, Reportedly Considering Protest

After some Vikings players expressed their concern over the possibility of playing Monday night's game at TCF Bank Stadium, home field of University of Minnesota football, their opponent, the Chicago Bears, upped them a notch: the Bears may file a protest if the game's moved to the open-air, snow-covered stadium. 

In addition to that Judd Zulgad tweet, KFAN's Paul Allen, the play-by-play voice of the Vikings, says the Bears' complaints stem from the concern that for Monday night's game "the field at the open-air venue will be frozen" (via ProFootballTalk). 

In particular, Bears safety Chris Harris has taken to Twitter to make public his fears of playing at TCF Bank Stadium: 

Players have concerns of traction n the impact of falling on surface that could be as hard as asphalt. What if ur head hits it #playersafetyless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


Harris suggests that the game be moved to Chicago's Soldier Field, and while that's unlikely (the NFL is hesitant to give a team an extra home game), Mike Florio speculates it could be headed to Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Good question: 

Because ESPN is televising Monday night's Bears-Vikings game and the following Monday's Saints-Falcons game, from the Georgia Dome.

That's why the Giants-Vikings game moved to Ford Field; FOX was broadcasting the game and FOX had just done a game between the Packers and Lions at Ford Field.

It's also why a decision needs to be made sooner rather than later.


TCF Bank Stadium Has Vikings Players Concerned About Safety For Monday Night Football

The Bears Vs. Vikings Monday Night Football game appears destined for TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. It seems like the best alternative to the collapsed Metrodome, but there are concerns that the freezing conditions could create issues for the players in the outdoor stadium. From the Star-Tribune:

“I just hope it’s a safe environment to play in,” said Visanthe Shiancoe. “That it’s not going to be hazardous to the players when it comes to field conditions.”

Linebacker Ben Leber also expressed concern:

“It can be a potentially dangerous situation, but because historically in the past games have been played on frozen fields … and there is probably not enough evidence to say, ’There’s a 60 percent chance of a player getting hurt’ or whatever. This machine has been going too long and too hard for anything to throw a wrench in it during the week of the game. It’s a valid question, but I don’t think anything could be done.”

TCF Bank Stadium does not have a heating device under the playing surface, so while the University and hundreds of volunteers may be able to get the field clear of snow and ice, the turf could still present hazards. With the game-time temperature expected to be near zero degrees the surface will feel like concrete, and any moisture remaining could potentially re-freeze.

But hey, it’s better than traveling back to Detroit for another “home game.”


TCF Bank Stadium Officially The Host Of Bears Vs. Vikings On Monday Night Football

There wasn't much doubt but now it's official: TCF Bank Stadium will host the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis before snow caused the roof to collapse.

This week the NFL and the Vikings have been working with the University of Minnesota to prepare TCF Bank Stadium as the host of the game. That's now been confirmed, acccording to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello on Twitter. For the first time in 29 years, the Vikings will be playing outdoors in Minnesota.

There was some thought that the game could be played elsewhere -- the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Dome was thrown about as a possibility -- but the Vikings ultimately wanted to keep the game in Minnesota near their fans.

Now that TCF Bank Stadium is indeed the site of the game, the two sides can work together to figure out the logistical details of hosting the game at a stadium that's already been de-winterized and holds 13,000 less people than there are Vikings season ticket holders.


TCF Bank Stadium For Bears Vs. Vikings Not Official (Yet)

We're assuming the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL will soon announce Monday's game against the Chicago Bears will be played at TCF Bank Stadium but it's not quite official yet. While no one has said it will officially be the location for the game, all signs are pointing that way.

The Vikings released a statement indicating that ultimately the decision comes down to the NFL.

At this time, NFL officials are touring TCF Bank Stadium to ensure its safety for our fans and its ability to meet the primary technical requirements for an NFL game. Ultimately the decision to re-locate a game is the league's in consultation with the two teams.  The NFL supports the plan to play Monday night's game at TCF Bank Stadium but is currently ensuring viability of this plan.

At the same time, the Vikings and the University of Minnesota are diligently working through all of the issues associated with moving a game such as tickets, parking, and operations. The organization is working to accommodate our fans’ questions, and we will continue to inform them on this fluid situation as soon as more information is available.

One of those "operations" issues is removing snow from TCF Bank Stadium, which has prompted them to ask for volunteers to help.


TCF Bank Stadium Will Be Costly To Prepare For Bears Vs. Vikings On Monday Night Football

TCF Bank Stadium, home to the University of Minnesota, will be the site of the Minnesota Vikings "home" game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football next week. With the Metrodome roof collapsed, this was the only option if the Vikings wanted to play a game near their fans, which they said was a priority after moving 600 miles away to Detroit's Ford Field for their last "home" game.

TCF Bank Stadium is not designed to host games in December at this temperature -- a high of 16 degrees is expected for the game -- and the process of de-winterizing it could cost over $700,000, the Star Tribune reports.

The university agreed on Tuesday morning and began the process of hiring 400 workers to prepare a site that Ellison said had been "winterized." The Vikings and the NFL will cover the university's expenses for clearing the snowy stadium and hosting the game, which could amount to $700,000 or more, he said.

Anyone that's been part of any construction project knows the cost somehow always rises from what you initially thought.

From the concession stands -- the pipes aren't built to sustain these temperatures -- to simply removing the tons and tons of snow, there are many logistical nightmares the NFL and the Vikings face as they work with the University of Minnesota to prepare TCF Bank Stadium for the game.

But the Vikings say somehow, some way it will get done.


Bears Vs. Vikings At TCF Bank Stadium Means Frigid Temperatures

The Minnesota Vikings don't have to deal with cold weather very often despite their location because the Metrodome is just that -- a dome that's temperature controlled. The Vikings next home game against -- Week 15 against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football -- will reportedly be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium and they won't have the luxury of controlling the temperatures.

The high temperature at the game is expected to be a whopping 16 degrees. Other than being very uncomfortable, it's possible this turns out to be an advantage for the Vikings. Right now they don't know who will start at quarterback. Brett Favre may still be out and Tarvaris Jackson is suffering from turf toe. Temperatures that cold could make the ball feel more like a rock and slow down the passing in this game, rendering their quarterback issues less of a problem.

TCF Bank Stadium has yet to officially be named the site of the Monday night game but all signs are pointing that way. The Metrodome has already been ruled out.

Check out Daily Norseman and and SB Nation Minnesota for more on the stadium switch.


TCF Bank Stadium: Learn More About The Minnesota Vikings' Temporary Home

The Minnesota Vikings are heading down the road to TCF Bank Stadium after the collapse of the Metrodome roof last weekend. With the city, and TCF Bank Stadium, buried under a heavy blanket of snow, the Vikings traveled to Ford Field in Detroit to battle the New York Giants on Monday night. This week, they'll be closer to home, but face the tough task of playing outdoors for the first time since 1981.

Planning on heading to the stadium on Monday night? Wondering what the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers has to offer? Here's a quick primer.

The stadium is just over a year old. After breaking ground in 2006, TCF Bank Stadium opened on Sept. 12, 2009.

The best issue to pop-up during construction had nothing at all to do with the building process itself. Originally, the plan was to sell and serve alcohol to high-dollar donors in the stadium's premium seats. The Minnesota legislature, perhaps trying to act in fairness to the masses, passed a law requiring alcohol to either be available to anyone over 21, or nobody at all. And thus, we have a booze-free TCF Bank Stadium.

If there is no booze on Monday night, be on riot watch. How will fans endure not only the frozen temperatures, but also the poor product on the field without alcohol?

The field is made up of Field Turf, the common replacement for the Astroturf of years past. Unfortunately for the players, that Field Turf is not heated. With temperatures falling to near zero degrees, hitting that turf is going to be like hitting an unforgiving iceberg. Somewhere, Brian Urlacher is smiling. Good luck, Vikings!

Capacity is just over 50,000. In comparison, the Metrodome holds just over 64,000. Even with the lessened capacity, how many Minnesota fans will brave the weather to watch the Vikings? Half that? Three-quarters? Time to find out who the die-hards are.

For the latest on the Metrodome roof collapse and the Vikings temporary move to TCF Bank Stadium for Monday's game against the Chicago Bears, check out our StoryStream.


TCF Bank Stadium Presents Unique Challenges For Fans And Players

It’s Tuesday in Minnesota and the Vikings are in a bit of a pinch. With the Metrodome roof still torn and leaking snow, the Vikings need a home to host the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The good news: TCF Bank Stadium is nearby and able to host the game. The bad news: it’s buried in snow.

From now until Monday, when the stadium is hopefully ready for it’s Monday Night Football debut, workings will be plugging away, spending 16 hours a day shoveling snow out of the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. And the field itself? Frozen tundra would be an apt word here (via ESPN).

It could also be a challenging experience for the players, because the field ground is not heated. But Ellison said he said he thinks it will be an exciting experience for the fans.

A peak at the weather forecast shows temperatures in the single digits around game-time on Monday. Sounds like a blast! It’s ok, though, fans should be able to warm up with some piping hot concessions, right?

Now, officials will have to get TCF Bank Stadium ready, including the concessions, which are only designed to withstand mid-November temperatures. Ellison said officials would have to put Plexiglass covers over concession stands to trap heat inside.

Perfect! Temperatures in the teens, a frozen field and a legitimate chance that the concession stands may be out of service. On the plus side, the cold might help Brett Favre’s hand.

Stay tuned to our StoryStream for more on the Minnesota Vikings’ game of musical stadiums as they head toward a Monday night match-up with the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.


Vikings Vs. Bears Monday Night Football Will Be Played At University Of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium

The Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad is reporting on Twitter that the Metrodome won’t be cleared of snow and repaired in time for next week’s Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The stadium had previously been listed as Doubtful on the injury report, and now it appears its next games-hosted streak will have to wait until next year to begin. The Vikings play nothing but road games after this weekend, and will not play any playoff games, so that’s it for this season at the Metrodome.

Fox 9 News reports the game will be played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, which the team is having cleaned at the moment. The Vikings have “turned their full attention” to the college stadium, with five-foot drifts of snow that need cleared in a hurry.

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University Of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium Being Cleared Of Five Feet Of Snow, Just In Case

The Minnesota Vikings have paid for a crew to de-winterize the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, in case the Metrodome isn’t repaired in time to host Monday Night Football’s Bears-Vikings game.

Yahoo! Sports has more on the process involved in clearing TCF Bank for potential nationally televised football:

[Scott Ellison, assistant athletic director for facilities at the University of Minnesota] says the stadium has snow drifts as tall as five feet in some areas. The plan is to have groups of 100 workers working four-hour shifts for 16 hours a day to remove the snow.

The team still has yet to announce whether they expect to play in the Metrodome or in the home of the Gophers. As they’ve announced their committed to playing near Minneapolis, these are the only two options. Aren’t you glad your day didn’t involve paying for two stadiums to be emptied of snow?

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Metrodome May Not Be Ready For Bears Vs. Vikings; TCF Bank Stadium Preparing To Host

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings Monday Night Football game next week doesn't yet have a home but it's looking it will be TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota, is definitely in play. The Vikings released a statement on Tuesday indicating that the Metrodome may not be ready for the game after the roof collapsed Sunday morning.

The Minnesota Vikings are working diligently with the University of Minnesota and the NFL on preparing TCF Bank Stadium in the event that Mall of America Field at the Metrodome will not be ready for Monday night’s Vikings-Bears game. Their cooperation has been tremendous.

The statement does not confirm that TCF Bank Stadium will be the site but suggests it's a possibility.. The Vikings said they are "committed to ensuring a home game in Minnesota for our fans," which means TCF Bank Stadium is the best option. The University of Minnesota announced on Sunday that it would take some time to prepare the stadium for a Vikings game since they had shut it down for the winter.


University Of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium In Play For Bears-Vikings Monday Night Football

As everyone knows by now, the Metrodome roof collapsed last week meaning the status of the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings Monday Night Football game is in question. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Metrodome but with Minnesota officials worried it won't be ready in time, other options are being examined.

One of those options is TCF Stadium at the University of Minnesota. Darren Wolfson of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis writes via Twitter that we're expecting word of its availability by Tuesday evening, if not sooner.

"The snow removal continuing right now at TCF Stadium. Thought we would have word by noon... should know by tonight where the game will be."

It's not as easy as just flipping on the lights and opening the stadium. A release from the University of Minnesota hours after the Metrodome roof collapse suggests they could be a future venue for the Vikings.

"Following the Golden Gophers last home game against Iowa, TCF Bank Stadium was winterized for the season and is not now immediately operational for football games. Enabling the Vikings to play at our stadium presents substantial logistical and operational challenges on such short notice.  We'll continue to explore all feasible options to make it possible to accommodate the Vikings on campus to complete their season in the Twin Cities, should that be necessary."

So we wait to hear more answers which are expected Tuesday evening.


Metrodome Roof Collapse Photos Come Rolling In

The Metrodome's roof collapsed on Sunday due to snow pushing the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings game to Monday night. Early on Sunday morning, the dome's roof literally collapsed as snow poured onto the field and the NFL had to act quickly to find a replacement venue for the game, which will be at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field.

Video of the roof collapse exists and here are a few more photos that have been coming in:





Metrodome Roof Collapse Leaves Uncertainty Around Bears-Vikings Week 15 Monday Night Football Game

The Metrodome in Minneapolis has already caused major problems for the NFL in Week 14. The New York Giants, who were supposed to play the Vikings in Minneapolis, were stuck in Kansas City for much of the weekend. The collapsed roof caused the game to be moved back a day -- to Monday night at 7:20 p.m. -- and it's possible the NFL is scrambling next week when the Vikings are set to host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

Officials with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission remained optimistic the roof could be repaired in time for the Bears game, which is the Vikings' regular-season home finale. But there already was talk of moving the game to TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

The University of Minnesota's stadium was one of the options being thrown around on Sunday before the NFL decided to just leave the FOX TV equipment in place at Ford Field.

It's probably a good thing the Vikings aren't in the playoff race because they would have some justified gripes if they had to move their schedule around like this and lose a home game(s) with the playoffs looming.


Giants-Vikings TV Schedule: Where Can You Watch The Game?

The New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings were scheduled to play at the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon but, as you know, the Metrodome roof collapsed making the NFL scramble to move the game around. The game will now be on at 7:20 p.m. (eastern) Monday night, one hour ahead of Monday Night Football, and it will be played at Detroit's Ford Field.

Monday Night Football between the Ravens and Texans is scheduled to be broadcast nationally -- Giants-Vikings is not. Giants-Vikings will air in the New York and Minneapolis markets it was scheduled to be in. It will also be on DirecTV's Sunday Ticket so you can watch it there. It will also be re-aired in its entirety on NFL Network at midnight.

As far as going to the game, they're giving away free tickets to the game at Ford Field and people were lining up there as early as 5:00 a.m. to get in on it -- but don't expect a record attendance.

Even with free tickets, stubs for Sunday’s Lions-Packers game doubling as Monday night tickets and preferred seating for those holding tickets to Sunday’s postponed game at the Metrodome, attendance is expected to be sparse. But with the weather in Detroit as frightening as it is in Minnesota, it’s looking more and more like the crowd could rival that of a small-town high school game.

Considering the weather in Detroit isn't much better than Minneapolis -- but with a stable roof! -- I suspect we won't see great attendance.

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Metrodome Roof Collapse Gives Brett Favre Extra Day To Rest Shoulder Injury; QB Still Doubtful

After suffering a sprained shoulder, Brett Favre's consecutive games played streak appeared to be in doubt ahead of this week's Minnesota Vikings game against the New York Giants. Were the game to have been played Sunday, Favre seemed destined to be ruled out. But with the collapse of the Metrodome and an extra day to rest and heal, many began to wonder if Favre would recover in time for the Monday night game.

For whatever it's worth, Favre sounds less than confident in his ability to play Monday against the Giants. If this is anything like his on again, off again retirement sagas, Favre's own assessment of his health could simply be the crafty quarterback keeping his status close to the vest.

When asked if he could play with the benefit of the extra time, Favre texted USA Today: "I doubt it, but it does buy a little time." 

There's a softball text message joke in here somewhere.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier added the extra day helped Favre, but the injured quarterback did not throw as the Vikings went through a final walkthrough in what's become an odd game-week.

The Vikings and Giants will square-off at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night after a long day of scrambling to find a replacement for the deflated Metrodome. 


Metrodome Roof Collapse: Detroit Weather Could Severely Hamper Attendance

If an NFL game is played and nobody is there to watch it, did it even happen? We may be about to find out Monday as the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants play at Detroit’s Ford Field. After the Metrodome roof collapsed early Sunday morning, the game was postponed and moved 700 miles, putting it out of reach for fans that planned to attend Sunday’s game.

The fact that the Vikings and Giants are playing at a stadium that serves as a home site for neither team is bad enough for attendance. Even with free tickets, stubs for Sunday’s Lions-Packers game doubling as Monday night tickets and preferred seating for those holding tickets to Sunday’s postponed game at the Metrodome, attendance is expected to be sparse. But with the weather in Detroit as frightening as it is in Minnesota, it’s looking more and more like the crowd could rival that of a small-town high school game.

A quick look at the weather in Detroit shows a high chance of snow from Sunday to Monday night. Highs are expected to be in the teens with lows dropping into single-digits, as well. Many schools are already throwing in the towel, calling for Monday closures.

With the roads a mess and weather looking nasty, will anyone even bother to brave the cold and head to Ford Field to support the two teams? It’s not looking likely.


Minnesota Dome Collapse: Vikings' Quest For New Stadium Could Lead Them To Los Angeles

Let’s review what we know: the Minnesota Vikings have been asking the city for a new stadium for a long time, with little success. They’re entering the last year of their lease (one of the NFL’s least team-beneficial even though the Vikings haven’t paid rent in nine years) in their current facility, which has just broken in a colossal manner. Lots of people with lots of money want to build the Vikings a new stadium in Los Angeles.

And then what?

Well, the San Diego Chargers are also being pursued by some of those L.A. entities, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills have been discussed as well. If L.A. can lure one of those teams, the Vikes are stuck with whatever Minneapolis will give them.

One of the most recent Minnesota proposals was for a 65,000-seat, sliding-roof stadium with downtown views. Vikings officials gave it a thumbs-down due to its $870 million price tag. A subsequent proposal was shot down 10-9 in a May, 2010 Minnesota State House vote, and the matter hasn’t been touched since.

Money’s not exactly flowing anywhere these days, and the Midwest has taken as hard a hit as any other region. I’ll stop pretending to know anything about Minnesota’s economy now, but there’s a reason this thing has dragged on for years.

With the very embarrassing and thank-God-nobody-was-in-it collapse of the existing stadium, something’s gotta give. But if another team makes the jump to L.A. and Minneapolis doesn’t strike a Qatar-sized natural gas reserve, we might see the Vikings playing in some sort of heavily reinforced Metrodome for years to come.


Metrodome Collapse: University Of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium An Option For Vikings?

If the Minnesota Vikings can’t repair the Metrodome in time for their Monday Night Football game next week against the Chicago Bears, it’s hard to imagine the NFL would force the Vikings (and the local economy) to give up two straight road games and play again in Detroit’s Ford Field. That would give the Vikes a four-game road trip to close the season.

You’d think the Twin Cities would have an extra stadium, identical to the Metrodome, just sitting there on the other side of the glass wall that separates Minneapolis from Minneapolis II, but no. The Metrodome is the only gigantic, NFL-sized stadium they’ve got.

So we turn our attention to the Minnesota Gophers TCF Bank Stadium, a 50,805-seat, open-air, horseshoe-style facility located on the University of Minnesota’s campus. It was reportedly considered for this week’s game. It only seats about 13,000 fewer people than the Metrodome, meaning it would be highly likely to house more Vikings fans than the hundreds-of-miles-away Ford Field could.

Since college football is almost never played around these parts anywhere near mid-December, weather would be a major concern. But Dec. 20 is supposed to be a downright scalding day by Minnesota standards, with a low of 16 degrees. Why not play an outdoor game?


Metrodome Collapse: Vikings Stadium Repaired In Time For Dec. 20 Monday Night Football Vs. Bears?

So the Minnesota Vikings have found themselves making an impromptu flex schedule appearance on Monday Night Football, with their Dec. 12 game against the New York Giants moved to Dec. 13 due to the Metrodome’s collapsed roof. But what about next week’s scheduled Monday nighter against the Chicago Bears?

According to the Chicago Tribune, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Roy Terwilliger says the stadium’s crew should be able to clean up the snow and debris, replaced the three damaged panels, and restore the roof in time. That sounds like a mighty quick turnaround, but Terwilliger says “we’ll see.”

Luckily there wasn’t much damage to the interior of the stadium, with no seating areas taking much of an impact. Cleanup will just involve, like, a really big Shop-Vac, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Raising the roof should be aided by a lack of further snow for the most part, as it’s only supposed to snow once and lightly between now and next Monday.


Metrodome Roof Collapse: Lions-Packers Tickets Will Double As Vikings-Giants Tickets At Ford Field

It was previously reported that the NFL would give out free tickets to the Vikings-Giants game on Monday night at Ford Field on a first-come, first-serve basis. Now, ESPN's Adam Schefter says that the NFL will also add some value to Packers-Lions tickets from today.

Schefter tweets:

Fans with tickets to today's Packers-Lions game can use their ticket from game and be admitted free tomorrow night w/ no reserved seating.

There's no mention of whether the fans with tickets to today's game need to have used them to get free admission, but, well, if you bought a Lions-Packers ticket, didn't go, and then learned that the ticket was good for a Vikings-Giants game, I would suggest you invest in another ticket — like, one with a scratch-off — ASAP.

And if you were a Lions fan who bought a ticket to see your team this week, that ticket has probably already gotten you admitted to a divisional rivalry game featuring one of the NFL's best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers, and it will now give you a chance to see what might be Brett Favre's last game at Ford Field, a second chance to see Adrian Peterson this season, and a really good chance to see Eli Manning throw a stupefying interception.

Finally, living in Detroit is paying off!


Metrodome Roof Collapse: Free Tickets For Vikings-Giants At Ford Field

In the wake of the Metrodome collapse, the NFL took care of its teams first, giving the Vikings and Giants a date and time for their postponed game: Monday night at 7:20 p.m. Eastern at Ford Field in Detroit. But the NFL addressed the fans holding tickets to today's Vikings-Giants game in Minnesota — you know, the one that won't happen, thanks to an amazing roof collapse and snow on the field — shortly afterward.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that free tickets to Monday night's game are in the offing, and that they will be general admission tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Refunds will be given to those holding tickets for this week's game in the Metrodome. The Vikings report that those tickets will be available at 9 a.m. Eastern (or 8 a.m. Central) at the Ford Field box office.

But those fans with tickets to the game at the Metrodome can also get a refund and a chance at an upgrade. The Vikings say that any original ticket holders will be admitted and given preferred seating at Ford Field, which is a pretty good deal for any fans that can brave the weather to make the trek from the Twin Cities to Detroit.


VIDEO: Watch The Metrodome Collapse From The Inside As Snow Pours Through The Roof

No words of introduction can do this justice, so I'll keep it basic: FOX broadcast this video of the Metrodome roof collapsing from the inside.

If you need to pick up your jaw off the floor, go ahead and do that now. I'll wait. (Go ahead, watch it again.) Okay, you good to continue? Good.

This video of the Metrodome collapse from the inside is likely to go down in sports lore as one of the best videos ever of a stadium collapse. Sure, there's the fact that this collapse has necessitated the move of the Vikings-Giants game scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern this Sunday to Monday night at 7:20 p.m. Eastern at Ford Field, and sure, there's already an iconic photo of the snow on the field, but this video is like watching the Hindenburg blow up in real time — then dump tons of snow onto a field where Brett Favre plays football.

In a year with a lot of great moments, this may be the single most memorable thing to happen in the world of sports in 2010. How do I know? You're probably watching the video again, aren't you?

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VIDEO: Metrodome Collapse Leaves Roof Looking Flat

You've seen the jaw-dropping photo of how the Mall of America Field, uh, field looks in the wake of the Metrodome collapse. But how does that stadium look from the outside, after the collapse of a roof that gave way to massive amounts of snow? SB Nation Minnesota tipped us to the fact that CNN has video, and it's incredible.

That's a flattened roof, caved in and crumpled, and it's not something that one would think is conducive to playing football. (Of course, it's not, which is why the Vikings and Giants will play their game, regularly scheduled for today at 1 p.m. Eastern, on Monday night at 7:20 p.m. Eastern at Ford Field in Detroit.)

It's also, to be fair, a pretty awesome thing to see in a pure sense of the word: heavy snowfall can occasionally produce things like a Metrodome roof collapse thanks to mass and gravity, and the relative scarcity of such happenings makes them all the more spectacular when they do happen.

In that way, it's like the complete opposite of a Brett Favre interception.


Metrodome Roof Collapse Will Send Vikings, Giants To Ford Field On Monday Night

Speculation about the NFL shipping the Vikings and Giants to Detroit's Ford Field on Monday night just became a report about the NFL doing just that.

Kansas City TV host Kris Ketz tweets the news:

BREAKING. NY Giants/Minnesota Vikings. 7:20est kickoff in Detroit tomorrow night.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that, and adds a tidbit: it's the first Monday night game in Detroit in over a decade. (This has the makings of one great trivia question, no?)

So who will get to see Vikings-Giants on Monday night? Not much of the country at all: the game, which was scheduled to be seen by 49 percent of FOX viewers in the early window on Sunday, according to Neil Best of Newsday, will instead be broadcast only to Minnesota and New York markets.

That's a huge loss for FOX, which goes from having one of the NFL's marquee markets and teams matched up against Brett Favre, one of the league's most reliable TV draws, to sending the American Country Awards to the nation while a potentially huge rating number for a football game stays on affiliate channels. And it's a nice win for ESPN, which will likely keep viewers apprised of the goings-on in Detroit during its Monday Night Football broadcast, but will not have to worry about competition in its prized Monday primetime time slot.


PHOTO: Metrodome Roof Collapse Leaves Snow On Mall Of America Field

When the Metrodome roof collapsed this morning as a result of heavy snowfall in the Twin Cities, it produced a low-grade winter wonderland on Mall of America Field.


In case you were wondering why today's Vikings-Giants game is being postponed and moved — likely to Detroit's Ford Field — there's your reason, in the format of a picture worth a thousand words from radio host Peter Burns.

Obviously, the snow on the field might actually be something that can get cleared in a timely fashion for a game that would start at noon central time; the hole in the roof makes the likelihood of more snow falling to the turf almost a certainty, and that's a safety issue.

Alas, we won't get to see the old gunslinger Brett Favre having fun like a kid out there in a dome stadium on a snowy field, making all of our Frosty the Snowman jokes about his arms made of twigs a little less potent. Rats.


Metrodome Collapse Could Send Vikings Vs. Giants To Detroit's Ford Field

The collapse of the Metrodome's inflatable roof could force the NFL to move its Week 14 game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants to Detroit, according to Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs tweeted Sunday morning that Detroit is under consideration because the Giants didn't pack equipment necessary for cold-weather play. The University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, an open-air field in Minneapolis, has been mentioned as a possible replacement, but with temperatures hovering around zero the teams would need to be prepared for cold weather.

With the snow-caused roof collapse assumed to knock the Metrodome out of commission for the foreseeable future, Detroit's Ford Field becomes the nearest indoor stadium. Of course, NFL teams regularly play winter games in similarly frozen Lambeau Field, also an open-air stadium. If the Vikings-Giants game were to be held Monday, one would assume the Giants could fly in cold-weather equipment and apparel to make TCF Bank Stadium a possibility.

The Giants, of course, would likely push for the game to be moved back to New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. But the NFL's Greg Aiello said Sunday that TCF or another domed NFL stadium would be the options.


Metrodome Roof Collapses, Leaving Giants Vs. Vikings Looking For A Home

The roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis has collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, according to several reports. The dome was scheduled to play host to the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants today. On Saturday, the NFL rescheduled that game for Monday on recommendation of Metrodome staff and due to the Giants' trouble getting into the Twin Cities. Early Sunday, Minneapolis news organizations began reporting that the Metrodome roof was no longer visible.

The nearest suitable venue for Vikings vs. Giants would be the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which seats 50,000. The NFL could also decide to move the game to New Meadowlands Stadium, the Giants' home field. When Hurricane Katrina caused damage to the Superdome in New Orleans, a scheduled game between the Saints and Giants was moved to New York.

Reports indicate no one is believed to have been injured by the Metrodome roof collapse, and no one was believed to have been inside the dome. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson quoted an eyewitness as saying the top of the dome now looks like "a big dish of sugar."

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