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.

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