The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has collapsed under the weight of the blizzard that hammered Minneapolis yesterday.
In place of a plaza and surrounding parking fields that should have been filled with pre-game hub bub, there's just blowing snow and gawking motorists.[jump]
The Vikings game against the New York Giants had already been postponed to Monday after a flight carrying the Giants was diverted to Kansas City. After some uncertainy this morning, the Vikings say the game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night, and will be broadcast in the New York City, Minneapolis, Rochester and Mankato, Minnesota markets. The game will also be available to Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV.
The roof is made of a Teflon-coated fabric held in place by air pressure. If the fabric tears or breaks, the air pressure is lost and the bubble deflates.
That appears to be what happened this time; two of the Teflon segments tore. Heavy snow also caused the Metrodome bubble to deflate in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
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