The Metrodome roof isn’t the strongest in pro sports. However, although the Metrodome roof has collapsed before, it hasn’t quite done so under these circumstances. Everyone knew that it was fragile yesterday, when enough snow leaked from it to postpone the Giants-Vikings game. But fans were optimistic that things would be cleared up by Monday night, and that things would eventually be normal. Yet this morning’s total collapse of the Metrodome roof has turned the crisis into an unprecedented nightmare.
A massive snowstorm in Minnesota prevented the Giants from arriving in the city on time. The situation got even more surreal yesterday, when over a foot of snow fell, and much of it leaked into the Metrodome. As such, the Giants-Vikings game had to be moved to Monday night, which wasn’t ideal, but it was still manageable.
Yet since the Metrodome roof has now collapsed, the situation has gotten much harder to control. According to KARE 11, it happened at 5 am Minnesota time, and has left the stadium without any covering. They even have a picture of the stadium without its signature white Teflon.
This isn’t the first time this happened, as the roof also caved in a few times in the 1980’s. However, it hasn’t quite happened under these circumstances, as this is the first time it has put an NFL game in jeopardy. What’s more, it could be a very important game for the playoff picture.
When the Metrodome roof fell before, they had a few days to fix it. Yet the Giants-Vikings game has to be held tomorrow night, and it seems unlikely that they can fix things in time. If they have to move the game again, it is going to be hard to find room.
There are no more bye weeks this season, so they have to worry about when to reschedule it, and how much rest each team can have. For the Vikings, it only affects whether Brett Favre can continue his starting streak, since their playoff hopes were diminished a while back. But for the Giants, how the NFL handles this could affect their playoff run, and the entire NFC playoff picture.
Before the collapse, the Giants were coming in on a roll at 8-4, and facing a Vikings team with an uncertain quarterback situation. A win in this game would set them up for a massive showdown with the Eagles at home, for the NFC East lead. But can they get this matchup in before then?
The only way to get this game in on time is to move the location, but can they find a suitable replacement site? The NFL is obviously scrambling for an answer now, while Metrodome roof repairs attempt to get off the ground.
KARE 11- “Metrodome roof collapses from heavy show”
ESPN- “Awaiting key details on Metrodome roof”