10 Biggest Stories Of 2010 NFL Season: No.10: Metrodome Roof Collapses

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIJanuary 19, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 13: A torn section of the roof sags inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 13, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of snow after a powerful blizzard hit the area on December 12, 2010, forcing the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings to be postponed and relocated to Detroit's Ford Field.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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On December 10th and 11th, 2010, a severe snowstorm resulted in 17 inches of snow in Minnesota.

While inside the Metrodome the day after the snowstorm, a FOXSports camera crew noticed rain leaking from the roof and decided to leave their cameras inside the stadium overnight.

The extreme amounts of snow on the roof caused sagging in the center and it was deemed unsafe to remove the snow.

As a result, the cameras captured three panels of the roof tearing and enormous amounts of snow and ice falling into the stadium around 5:00 a.m. on December 12th. The NFL had already postponed the game until Monday night because of the weather conditions.

Because of the roof tearing, the game was moved to Detroit's Ford Field. (A fourth panel ripped, causing more snow and ice to fall, on December 15th.)

The league moved the Vikings' final home game, against the Chicago Bears, to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings' final two games were played on the road (including the premiere of Tuesday Night Football between the Eagles and Vikings).

The stadium is expected to be repaired by the spring of 2011.

The Vikings played their final month of the season without their head coach, quarterback, and their home field.

The irony surrounding the situation is that this wasn't the first time the Metrodome roof has had some problems.

In 1981, a foot of snow caused the roof to collapse. It happened again in December of 1982 and another time in April of 1983. Also, the roof suffered a partial tear in 1986.

An inspection of the Metrodome roof in April of 2010 revealed that the inner liner of the roof was "fair to poor." The inspection also noted that the roof had holes in it which needed to be repaired.

And now it's safe to say that they will definitely be repaired.

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