Blustery winter storms moving throughout the Midwest Saturday dumped record amounts of snow on Minnesota, resulting in the collapse of the Metrodome and ultimate change of venue for the Monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants.
The game having already been postponed once because the Giants have been stranded in Missouri by the relentless blizzard, has now been rescheduled to be played at Detroit’s Ford Field at 7:20 p.m. Monday.
The Teflon-coated fiberglass roof on what is known as Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome collapsed under the weight of 17-plus inches of snow between 4 and 5 a.m., Sunday. According to reports, there were “several tears” in the roof and snow on the field before it collapsed.
Metrodome’s History of Collapsing
This is not the first time that the roof has collapsed on the 28 year old stadium. In the stadiums history there have been 4 other incidents in which heavy snows or other adverse weather conditions have caused the roof to deflate and collapse:
November 19, 1981.
A rapid accumulation of over a foot of snow caused the roof to collapse, requiring it to be re-inflated.
December 30, 1982.
4 days before the Vikings played the Dallas Cowboys in the last regular season game of the 1982 NFL season, a tear caused by heavy snow deflated the Metrodome for the second time.
April 14, 1983.
The scheduled Twins’ game with the California Angels was postponed when a tear caused by heavy snow deflated the Metrodome for the third time.
April 26, 1986.
There was a short delay in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Twins vs the Angels when the Metrodome roof suffered a slight tear caused by high winds.