The Metrodome collapse video revealed a daunting task ahead for repairs. Once the Metrodome collapse video showed the roof caving in, and the holes being formed, it was clear that repairs would take a while. It certainly couldn’t be fixed in time for the Giants-Vikings game, and it also left the Bears-Vikings Monday night game the next week in limbo. Yesterday, they officially moved that game to the TCF Bank Stadium, as the Bears and Vikings have to play outdoors now. As such, the video of the Metrodome collapse will be the last major event for the stadium in 2010.
The NFL scrambled to move the Giants and Vikings to Detroit this past Monday, but had more time to plan out the Bears-Vikings Monday night battle. Yesterday, they moved it to the TCF Bank Stadium, so they must get that location ready in the next several days.
After viewing the Metrodome collapse video, it was clear that the roof repairs would take longer than a week. Even if they didn’t, the stadium couldn’t be declared safe in time for the Bears-Vikings game. But at the least, it should be ready before their next home game – in September 2011.
Following their showdown with the Bears, the Vikings’ home schedule will come to an end. Their last two games are on the road, against the Eagles on December 26, and then against the Lions on January 2, 2011. Although they’ll have two games in Ford Field in the final weeks, they will have none left in their usual home.
As such, the Metrodome collapse video stands to be the biggest highlight of the year for the Vikings in their home. Yet they had far more success there than they did on the road, as they were 4-2 in the dome, and 1-5 on the road. What little success they had in 2010 was in front of their fans, although they had ample reason to boo at various points.
The stadium was supposed to host a tribute to the 50 greatest Vikings of all time. Instead, it will have to be held at the TCF Bank Stadium, assuming it is ready in time. But whether it is or not, the Vikings will not make a triumphant return to their real home – or any kind of return – until 2011.
The images of the Metrodome collapse video will not be erased for some time, especially since it is part of the debate over a new stadium. Next year is the last one on the Vikings’ lease, so 2011 could be the last go around for the Metrodome.
Although their next home opener will welcome the Vikings back in more ways than one, their 2011 home finale could send them off in more ways than one as well.
YouTube- “Metrodome Roof Collapse”
SI.com- “In memory of the Metrodome”