Metrodome Roof Collapses Under Heavy Snow, Game Moved To Detroit Monday Night

Patrick Scott PattersonContributor IIDecember 12, 2010

The Metrodome as it appeared Sunday morning after collapsing under 15 inches of snow (KARE-TV)
The Metrodome as it appeared Sunday morning after collapsing under 15 inches of snow (KARE-TV)

A collapse of the Metrodome roof after 15 inches of snow has forced the New York Giants visit of the Minnesota Vikings out of the famed football stadium.

Photos of the stadium show the dome almost totally flat, and reports state that the roof cannot be seen at all from ground level.

Other venues for the game are currently being explored by the NFL, but many logistical problems stand in the way of a quick rescheduling.  The University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium has been mentioned, but the New York Giants did not bring outdoor gear on the trip for a dome game, according to ESPN reports.

This game has already been delayed until Monday due to the strong winter storm and now may take place on Tuesday according to some media reports.

The roof collapse is the latest chapter in a wild Vikings season that has seen disappointing losses, key injuries to many players almost weekly and a mid-season firing of coach Brad Childress, just one year removed from taking the team to the NFC Championship game.

Quarterback Brett Favre has been the subject of the most headlines.  Starting with another back-and-forth retirement decision in the pre-season, Favre has dealt with injuries from head to toe this season in addition to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct toward a former sideline reporter.

Seemingly the biggest threat to ending Favre's 297-game regular season starting streak is the shoulder injury suffered last week.  The delays and uncertainty surrounding this game now add to the speculation following Favre's statement to the media that he would not have been ready to play had the game gone on when scheduled.

No word yet on television scheduling changes surrounding this game, slated to air on FOX.  Check back for more news as it comes available.

UPDATE:  NFL has announced this game will now take place at 7:20pm Eastern Monday night in Detroit from Ford Field.