Vikings-Giants Game Moved To Detroit

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The weight of all the snow that fell Saturday has caused the roof of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis to partially collapse.

At least three of the panels on the roof are down.

Because of the collapse, the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants will play at 6:20 p.m. Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.

The game will be broadcast in the New York City, Minneapolis, Rochester and Mankato markets. It will also be available to Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV.

The team says any ticket holders for the original game will be admitted and given preference seating along the 50-yard line. Free general admission tickets to the game will be available at the Ford Field box office, starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

Refunds will be given to all original ticket holders.

Roy Terwilliger, president of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said extensive repairs are needed to fix the Dome’s roof and the repair technicians that are needed are not in town.

Luckily, no one was injured when the Dome collapsed.

Metrodome officials say they have no details yet on what happened. They say workers needed to be pulled off the roof late Saturday night due to safety concerns. Around 5 a.m. Sunday, the roof collapsed.

(credit: CBS)

The Minnesota Vikings and the NFL met for hours Sunday morning to determine what to do about the game against the New York Giants. The team ruled out the possibility of playing at TCF Bank Stadium, stating it would take several days to prepare the field for an NFL game.

Other options included flying to nearby indoor stadiums in Indianapolis or St. Louis. The NFL said the best option was for the teams to play in Detroit.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday at noon, had earlier been moved to Monday evening because of the snow.

The New York Giants were stranded in Kansas City after the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was forced to close because of the heavy snowstorm.

Because there is no Vikings game on Sunday, WCCO-TV will air a doubleheader, starting at noon, beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Minneapolis and much of the upper Midwest have been hit by a blizzard that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in some areas.

The Metrodome roof has failed three times before. It deflated in 1981, 1982 and 1983, each time due to tears caused by heavy snow. The April 14, 1983, collapse forced the postponement of the Twins’ game with California, which had been the only postponement. A slight tear also delayed a Twins game briefly in 1986.

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Comments (139)
  1. Dave O says:

    Oh now forsure we need a new place for the Vikings, I can hear it all coming already!!!!!

    1. Ricky Barrett says:

      right!! the place is jus too old… i bet its only going to happen more and more… time for the new double sized dome!! big enough to make the taxes back that we put into it…

      1. Zebra with black stripes says:

        Doubling the size of the field will not work because the number of people who want to go will not double. So to that respect it would be an even more problem to Minnesotan taxpayers. Also, had you actually read the story rather than just look at the pictures, you would have discovered that this has happened 3 times before today’s incident. In other words, the stadium is just fine and is sufficient for many years to come.

    2. bridget says:

      Now there will be a new stadium for sure. Dayton wants a new stadium and he will make it happen!! Elections have consequences!!

  2. BudG says:

    You’re an embarrassment. Even the people of Detroit can get it together enough to build their lowly team a stadium.

    1. sam says:

      It’s an embarrassment to not want to waste taxpayers’ money on a stadium when cities are having problems keeping enough money to pay for emergency responders, snow plows, and road fixes, especially when the majority of the financial gain from this stadium is going to go to a small number of already rich people?
      I’ve been misunderstanding the word “embarrassment all this time

    2. Richard says:

      70,000 people and all the businesses that are effected when they have a game are a small # of people Sam? And all the constructions jobs that will be filled for 3 years?

      1. Sam says:

        Richerd: We’re told that, but when economists look at the actual effect of a stadium on local economy, the only businesses that actually get a real boost are nearby bars. The rest is merely a shuffling of business that already occurs.

        1. Richard says:

          OK, well move to Sioux Falls or Omaha. You can live your boring little life in a boring city. World class cities have world class venues. The owner of a team that only plays 10 games there a year is willing to put up at least 250 million of his own money. And do these bars pay taxes on how much they make on gamedays? And I guess hotels do not get any business either. 1/4 of season ticket holders are from SD/ND/Iowa. They never spend any money when they come into town do they. And where are the construction jobs going to go if we do not build it? Maybe they can work concessions at a Monster Truck Rally which would be the biggest event of the year if the Vikes leave.

          1. Hah! says:

            World class city? Here? Really?

            1. Mark says:

              frozen brain no doubt.

              Monster trucks at the dome —- heck Richard, that is maybe a grand idea. The stadium is in the black now, no?

              1. Richard says:

                Hey Moron. They do have Monster Trucks at the dome.

            2. Richard says:

              Great attitude. A losers attitude. Again, Sioux Falls will welome you. They pay a lot less taxes too. Remember you get what you pay for.

      2. Mark says:

        Gawd Almighty Richard – ur a nut. All those jobs go away in year 4 using your crazy analogy.
        Please load up your wagon or sleigh and hit the road with the Vikes. now.

    3. JoeB says:

      They’ve taxed Crack sales down there…………

    4. BostonBob says:

      yeah — they a bunch of bright folks there aren’t they. They all live in a thriving city that ain’t got a pot to whizz in but they got the Lions. LMAO

      1. mikey says:

        don’t hurt yourself while you are LYAO.

  3. Elliott G says:

    They should play at TCF Bank Stadium!

    1. bob says:

      i agree they are over dramatic all they need to do is inflate the dome fix the panels and play at TCF Bank Stadium till there dome with the dome

  4. Patti Meyer says:

    Patti Packer Fan – Will now be able to see the Packers play.

    1. Julie says:

      Oh yea, happy day, Go Pack!!!!!!!

      1. bridget says:

        Packers lose!!! Oh happy day!!!!!

  5. T says:

    I wonder how long it will take some people to realize how much it would hurt the state’s economy if the Vikings were to move to LA…

    1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      A long, long time because it most likely woudn’t. Not much in any event. They are not even in the top 1000 employers in the state. A big small business at best.

      1. realist says:

        Chain reaction… Theres a lot of buisinesses that remain here due to the increased traffic from the vikings. they would definately feel the pinch increasing the net effect minimized by the biscuit.

    2. JH says:

      How can it help the economy when they only play a dozen games a year? I certainly don’t want to waste my tax dollars on something that’s empty WAY more than it’s used. Sorry, but I say let ’em go!

    3. Bruiser says:

      LMAO — tink of what this shall cost the taxpayer now to fix this thing, in the roundabout manner they hit our pocketbooks to fund the Puple Gang.

      Soon as they get settled in L.A. , which will not likely occur, at least on the taxpayer $$$, just maybe then we can sit back on a Sunday or Monday and kick our feet up as a blizzard swirls outside and say ….. Thanks L.A.. I couldn’t be happier

  6. Richard says:

    For the people who do not want a new stadium, move to Sioux Falls or Omaha please.

    1. Matt says:

      Well said Richard.


    2. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      For those that DO want a new stadium, send Wilf a check for $10,000, they can bill you for the rest. That way, you want it, you buy it. I would rather spend my money on Social Services for those that need help. Let the hungry eat, cold get warm, sick get healed, lonely have a visitor, useless and worthless stuff like my neighbors.

      1. am.soden says:

        Does anyone else hear the faint sounds of violins playing in the background while you read this moron’s lil plea to save the world….WOW…. you need to wake up and understand the Vikes are a huge part of this Great State!
        If a new stadium is what it takes I say…go for it! GO VIKES!!!!

      2. Sonya says:

        Social Services.. REALLY??? Why??? The state would not need all that extra money if they would revamp the qualifications. They need to monitor who is getting the assistance much more than they do, not to mention watch where those tax dollars are being spent.

      3. Big Ticket says:

        Sounds like a true Democrat. It’s my Birthday today and the Democrats stole my cake, sliced it up and gave it out to those who were less fortunate to have a birthday today.

      4. Chuckie31 says:

        AMen! If they have to take part of my hard-earned money for taxes, I would much rather see it go to something worthwhile. Definitely not the over-paid pseudo football players.

    3. MandiT says:

      For the few who do want the standium we all say ____ PONY UP FOLKS, PONY UP! πŸ˜‰

    4. Amber says:

      Hey Sioux Falls is a great small city to live in. CHILL. FYI I live in SF Hate the Vikings, but STILL think they need a new Stadium

    5. Chuckie31 says:

      why don’t you move to somewhere where the team is worthwhile? I don’t live in the cities and couldn’t care less about the Viqueens. My tax dollars would be better spent on roads or education then on a bunch of over-grown, over-testosteroned, divas. Thank you very much!

  7. kev k says:

    I thought that was zygi wilf on the dome roof last night stomping his feet- at first looked like he was doing the riverdance

  8. WANDA says:


  9. Brandon says:

    Will you all quit talking about LA already?? You people are so damn stupid! Its getting really old

    1. Matt says:

      Well said Brandon.


  10. Keith Haskell says:

    Dear Mr, Farve;

    I must admit, I was not “THRILLED” when it was announced you were coming to MN, especially when you held out at training camps, acting like you were superior (there is no “I” in T E A M) than other players. Since then – you have however given some thrill back to watching my hometown team.

    HOWEVER, if that video of you jumping up and down on top of the Dome, while holding your elbow, that we filmed last night, gets leaked to the press……all so you had a few more hours to heal…………Buddy start PACKing.


  11. Joe Longway says:

    who cares about the Bengals or Steelers show the Packers for God’s sake!

  12. Brandon says:

    maybe u should find a new place

  13. D says:

    Well storm damage to our stadium, storm is making life miserable for citizens…. alright according to the New Orleans precident We should be given the Super Bowl too.

  14. Richard says:

    Please move to Sioux Falls.

  15. tom says:

    send the losers to L>A>

  16. JKMB says:

    Where are all the real Vikings fans? One little snow storm should not affect your loyalty to the team.

  17. Matthew Grabau says:

    Go clean the snow off TCF Field at the U of M and get the game on, give these guys a taste of what the good old Vikings played in at the old Metropolitan…SKOL Vikings!!

    1. CJ says:

      I agree. Real football should be played outside. As much as I don’t like the Packers, I do respect them for playing outside and dealing with the weather year after year. The Vikings need to restore that winter toughness which always gave them home field advantage during the colder part of the season.

      1. BostonBob says:

        The Pack is different. They drink good spirits to get ready.
        The Viles maybe smoke stuff and get cold? just a thought

    2. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Bret won’t like getting cold….

      1. am.soden says:

        Crux …are you for real? You must be a soccer fan or something Bret is one of the toughest men to ever play the game… you need to take you a$$ outside and grow a pair.

      2. MN Newbie says:

        Get Real! Brett played 17 season in the frozen tundra.

  18. IheartDallas says:

    JKMB I don’t think it’s the snowstorm that has the fans running for the hills… it is the way they have been playing this year. I’m not a Viking fan myself but it’s pretty pathetic to watch how much support the team had last year and how many people are turning on them this year. Viking fans aren’t called bandwagon jumpers for nothin’! Kudos to you real Viking fans who know you stand by your team no matter what!!


    A loyal Cowboys fan.

  19. cadmom says:

    I am a true Vikings fan and I would be soo disappointed if we ever lost the Vikings. They are a part of a MN. To those who do not want them in MN don’t put down the people who are loyal. I may not like something you support but I am not bad mouthing you or your team or your cause.

  20. ablahnik says:

    Until I can see on paper that the Queens actually produce some kind of revenue, I say send them packing. They have yet to produce anything that shows what they bring to this community. Heck, 1/2 the year none of them live in the area, so dont tell me their adding anything but a headache to MN>

    1. Big Ticket says:

      Produce revenue? Are you serious? The taxes from ticket sales, food & beverages sold at the game, not to mention the players salaries have a ton of state tax collected. Economics 101 pal.

      1. BeatnDowninMN says:

        Economics 201

        The taxes collected DO NOT dent the cost’s of infrastructure and stadium in 40 years. By year 20 they whining again for a new one.

        You guys are totally clueless and brainwashed. Maybe to much brew over the years.
        If you are honest get off this BS you hide behind and say I want them and I will pay for them.
        We friggen do not want to – you do. DO IT

  21. musicman says:

    How fitting. Both the Vikings and their stadium collapse under pressure!

    1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Very funny! Sure seems appropriate though doesn’t it!

  22. Greg Laden says:

    The roof collapsed! Fire the coach!

  23. David says:

    Play the game at TCF Bank stadium. Then we’ll see if we really want an outdoor stadium. Temps should be cold enough for a good test!

  24. Les says:

    Best I’ve heard yet! The boozers would get too cold out there without their whiskey! They might last five minutes and then start complaining………….

  25. Nancy says:

    JKMb…a loyal Vikings fan here too.

    As far as the game being moved to TCF Bank stadium…the Giants don’t want to because they didn’t bring any cold weather gear. I don’t blame them…it’s dang cold out there!!!!

  26. Ryan Long says:

    Hell make them play them play out side in there own field not tgi stadium tear the roof off and play there the one that wants on out side πŸ™‚

    1. beth says:

      I agree. the wanted a reomveable roof and look at the dome now!

  27. RGl says:

    Hell make them play them play out side in there own field not tgi stadium tear the roof off and play there the one that wants on out side πŸ™‚

  28. StuckInTheMiddleAgain says:

    as usual, the Citizens who live in Hennepin County….where ya been man?
    I don’t even watch the Vikes and I help foot the bill everyday… well as all the handouts for the poor people………It pays to be Rich OR Poor…………to hell with the Middle Class!

  29. Keith Haskell says:

    JCS for Governor!!!!!!!

  30. Juvenal says:

    ‘Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt’

  31. Chad says:

    What about insurance? If my roof falls in due to snow load my insurance company would be either fixing or building new.

  32. skyking says:

    Well.. The snow storm gave them their outdoor stadium. Play ball without the roof.

  33. Anne says:

    Now that the Dome doesn’t have a dome…isn’t it an open air stadium????

  34. zee the reporter says:

    β€œThis place should be condemned” zee reporting in!

  35. CHUCK says:

    NO TAX MONEY!!!!!!!!!!! TCF STADIUM!!

  36. Leslie says:

    The curse of Brett Farve!!

  37. Porterhouse says:

    well if the vikings only benefit a few people and why should everyone pay for a stadium. Why do we fund art museums and things like the ballet. City parks that ive never stepped foot into not to mention bike paths. I’m not complaining about those things but please…

  38. John Q Public says:

    Since it will be on the tax payers to pay for a new facility I would imagine iot would be up either way. There really is no way of winning this one. We pay either way and will not get paid back…

  39. Jonny says:

    Build a new stadium now before we lose the Vikings.

  40. go vikings ! says:

    How could you guys say that? Without the Minnesota Vikings we would lose an American sport and always feel short in the state of Minnesota. Saying the players live here for half the year is no way to show the character and passion for this team. Why would they be on the team otherwise? The money? Im positive that all the players have pushed to prove to their Minnesota citizens that they want them to stay and showing dedication. If your worry about he economy.. just imagine the money the state will lose without Minnesota football. It may seem better, but its absolutly not. Jobs will be lost again, and fun activities for all ages will be lost. Why would you want to just give away the game that we love? Why give it to some other rich state like California? (no harm intended) People need to understand that without the Minnesota Vikings were not the same state anymore.

  41. CJ says:

    I am all for an outdoor stadium for the Vikings. Back when the Vikings were winning the division year after year and even going to the Superbowl, they were playing outside. They have not had that kind of success since playing in the dome. The Vikings may not have won a Superbowl, but at least they made it there more than once. In fact, no dome team (Vikings and Lions) in the Central division has ever been to a Superbowl, whereas all the outdoor teams have (Chicago, Green Bay and Tampa Bay) and even won a Superbowl. Although Indianapolis, New Orleans and St. Louis have proven that a dome team can win a Superbowl, no dome team has ever won more than one Superbowl. The bottom line is dome stadiums have a very poor track record for preparing teams to win the big one. So it’s time for the Vikings to go back to playing outside again if they have any desire to win the big one.

  42. tom says:

    we don’t want a new stadium anyway there no good

    1. Matt says:


      your post is the definition of an unrespectable fan. Or are you a Packers fan? Whichever team you cheer for, please leave the state of Minnesota

    2. cadmom says:

      Do not say “we” because I do want a new stadium and the Vikings here in MN where they belong.

    3. B says:

      some people are just idiots

  43. Big Ticket says:

    Big Ticket

    Produce revenue? Are you serious? The taxes from ticket sales, food & beverages sold at the game, not to mention the players salaries have a ton of state tax collected. Economics 101 pa

  44. Mike says:

    Instead of building a second brand new Football Stadium in town why don’t the vikings come up with a way to make the the TCF Bank stadium work for them,This is what the packers did when they renovated Lambeau.

  45. MIKE says:

    All 100 Viking haters in the state must be on this sight. If you leave negetive comments about this your not a Vikings fan and the rest of us don’t really care what you think. “GO VIKES”

  46. Vanessa says:

    If the teams can fly to another state to play a game in a dome, then they sure as hell can fly their winter gear into Minnesota! This is a non-issue and a whole lot of bull if you ask me! Play the game at TCF Stadium..honor those tickets that the Minnesota fans paid good money for, don’t move it out of state and cause all these fans to eat the cost of the ticket! For goodness sake, they need to stop dramatizing this and just make play at the TCF Stadium, they surely can get the snow removed by Monday night..if not then those workers need to be fired and they can hire the college students who are on campus all day to do the job properly. So annoyed. So very annoyed.

    1. Big Ticket says:

      Fans who have tickets for today’s game will be refunded the price of the tickets, silly.

  47. Flyer says:

    For all of you saying move to Sioux Falls…

    We don’t want people like that down here!

  48. Neil says:

    Too bad about the snowstrorm. I’m in Phoenix and it’s going to be 80 today. Not trying to rub it in, cause I’ll be back on Tuesday. Please get it to warm up a little!

  49. BLUEARM says:

    The longer you wait for a new stadium? The more the cost later!

  50. NotDrunk nor Dumb says:

    Richard – the Sioux Falls Vikings has a nice ring to it.

    Good bye you begging twits

  51. MN Newbie says:

    This could easily be a Win-Win situation for everyone if we just followed Green Bay’s lead. Make the citizens of Hennepin and Ramsey county part owners of the team. That way we will still have the tax hike but we would all have something to show from it. Whether they are winning or not, I think losing the Vikings would hurt the state. We need to let the owners know that we want them to stay here but we all want something in return.
    Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

    1. Lex says:

      The problem is that after Green Bay bought the team the NFL got together and made it illegal for any town,county or state to own a team. If they want a stadium they should find a way to pay for it other then using public funds or tax hikes, they are after all a for profit business.

  52. Chuckie31 says:

    Rather than waste our money on building a new stadium for a team that sucks. Maybe we should just get rid of the whole deal, stadium and all! Our money would be better spent on an senior citizen synchronized swim team.

  53. Kickin and then Out says:

    So we say goodby to the Vikings … the Salvation Army shall place Purple Buckets on the ground next to their ringers and donations are desired and needed to assist them in their move to CA or Sious Falls or Mexico or Haiti.
    Please help out all as they cannot even afford a meal anymore …. say adios Vikes

  54. Tye Harris says:

    If they move to LA they will lose a lot of their fan base. So just make a new one somewhere in else in Minneapolis, or repair it.

  55. Dan says:

    I bought tickets 2 hand.. Will I get a refund?

  56. Jesse says:

    I agree on sending the Vikings haters to Nebraska, South Dakota or Sioux Falls. I’ve lived in two of those three states, and one of the reasons I moved to MN to start my business and raise my family is that I wanted to expose my children to the culture of a big city. NFL Football was a huge part of that culture.

    This state’s liberal ways have already made us look foolish in elections past (see: Al Franken and Jesse Ventura), but the state’s conservatives are no brighter. Anyone who thinks this is a waste of “their” money is delusional. Your money is already being wasted on a million other projects – face it – you just love to hate on the Vikings.

    1. Matt says:

      Well written and I agree with you 100% Jesse.

      The LOSERS who comment on here and have nothing better to say are either non-sports fans or Packers fans who want to see the Vikings move.



  57. chris says:

    maybe an airline will drop the fare to detroit below$400 so we can still attend the game

  58. K. says:

    It’s called karma and sums up your season…….The sky is falling.

  59. Tim G. from Faribault says:

    Good luck in getting it fixed. You are going to need it!!!

    For the record, my father was there in 1986 when it ripped.

  60. John says:

    Has anyone heard if they are planning a charter bus or anything for the fans that would like to see this game?

  61. mjw says:

    they finally have their open stadion

  62. Tom S says:

    for those who dont want to help the vikings move. you anve no state pride. go to canada and chop wood and knit something. GO MINNESOTA

  63. rob says:

    take off the roof and have a open air statium

  64. Graham says:

    I still wouldn’t give the Vikings a new place to play until they start winning. They aren’t worth it yet.

    1. MN Newbie says:

      Wow. What a fair weather fan! Did you forget how far we got last year. One bad season and everyone is ready to get rid of them. How sad is that.

  65. Greg Laden says:

    Porterhouse: Good questions, but the answer is well known: Because we live in a civilization. Only a tiny percentage of people don’t take advantage of some public good or another. Probably zero percent if we count running water and roads. As a non-sports freak I don’t mind funding sports if it increases the value of the Twin Cities but then I don’t want to hear the bellyaching from people who don’t want to fund our excellent natural history museum.

    Which, by the way, gets zero funding, and that should be changed.

  66. Jen Schreifels says:

    I don’t think we need to build a new stadium. This is not the first time this has happened. All they need to do is fix the panels and it will be as good as new. We should not be worrying about building a new stadium during an economic meltdown. There are more important things to be worrying about. Besides, building a new stadium isn’t going to help the Vikings play any better. Look at the Twins. We built them a new stadium and they still couldn’t make it to the World Series.

  67. ravidare says:

    play at LUCAS OIL STADIUM!!!!!!

    GO!! COLTS!! GO!! COLTS!!!!!!!


  68. James says:

    The weight of the water and ice they sprayed on the roof caused the collapse. Clearly an opportunistic bunch of lobbiests. I would have preferred a big bon fire myself. Vikings can move on, don’t want you, don’t need you, hit the road. Go vikings, i mean it get out of here. Buh Bye. There’s a circus in need of a dog and pony show somewhere. Try LA.

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  69. seth says:

    they should prepare tfc stadium for their play at the bears

  70. Bill says:

    Hey…. The Lions may suck but atleast they beat the Packers…… ha ha

  71. Trevor says:

    Didn’t the Vikings want an outdoor stadium anyway? Just rip the rest of the roof off and give it to ’em.

    1. Tom says:

      VERY good point, Trevor. πŸ™‚

      Notice from the story (all who clamor to support this taxpayer built stadium for a private venture angle) that now that the roof has literally fallen in, the Vikes are searching for an INDOOR venue to play temporarily.

      Marie, as the story says, the Powers-That-Be claim TCF Bank stadium would take “several weeks to prepare for an NFL game”.

    2. Melissa T. says:

      Ha!! That is so true! If they don’t like what they have, why spend a whole bunch of OUR money to build a new stadium when they can just remodel the one they have?

  72. Marie says:

    Why couldnt the Vikings play at the Gopher’s Staduim? TCF??.. why do they need to play at Detriot?

  73. MN Newbie says:

    ESPN said that TCF is too small and would take weeks to get ready for a real NFL game.

    1. asdf says:

      I guess ESPN was wrong.