Stadium Collapse

December 13, 2010 by staff 

Stadium Collapse, (AFP) – Minnesota’s home game against the New York Giants, already delayed, will be played in Detroit after heavy snow caused the roof airbag Vikings Metrodome Stadium collapse.

After 17 inches of snow fell in Minneapolis, Teflon-coated roof of the indoor fiberglass deflated and a section torn.

The game between the Vikings and the Giants had already been postponed from Sunday to Monday night after Saturday’s storm prevented the Giants arrived in Minneapolis in time.

NFL Sunday decided to take the examination Detroit Ford Field.

Roy Terwilliger, Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC), said he was optimistic the roof can be repaired in time for the Vikings home game scheduled against Chicago on Dec. 20.

Equipment attatched to the roof structure such as speakers remained intact.

“Nobody was hurt, we are grateful,” said Bill Lester, executive director of the MSFC.

MSFC director of facilities and engineering Steve Maki has worked with the original manufacturer of the roofing material on a repair plan.

He failed four times due to heavy snowfall since the stadium opened nearly 30 years. The last time was in April 1983 when a slump has forced the postponement of a Twins baseball game.

“This comes very quickly. It was heavily loaded, and the wind was just incredible,” said Maki, who called his workers snow from the roof in the night from Saturday because of security concerns.

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