Vikings' Dome Collapses in Blizzard

Metrodome deflates, will likely delay Giants game
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Vikings' Dome Collapses in Blizzard
The Metrodome, which collapsed during a snowstorm this morning Dec. 12, 2010. Minneapolis and much of the upper Midwest have been hit by a blizzard that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow.    (Ann Heisenfelt)

Apparently they can't take a little snow in Minnesota: The roof of the Metrodome, home to the Vikings, collapsed overnight under the weight of 17 inches of snow, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Today's game against the Giants had already been postponed until tomorrow night after the Minneapolis airport closed in the blizzard, forcing Eli Manning and Co. to spend last night in Kansas City. The collapse, which tore the roof in three places, means that game now won't happen, and officials are examining other options.

The dome has collapsed three times before, the last of which was in 1983, all in heavy snow. It's expected to be several days before it's fixed. (More Minnesota Vikings stories.)

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