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Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

Dec 12, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

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The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway.

As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under 17 inches of snow.  Sunday’s game between the Giants and Vikings had already been postponed to Monday night, and now it might have to be moved to another location.

There obviously isn’t enough time to set up a football grid at Target Field.  The University of Minnesota has an outdoor football stadium in the area, so that’s an option if the snow stops and can be cleared in time.

No injuries have yet been reported and PFT is hearing that the Metrodome was empty at the time of the roof collapse.  Of course, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be an expensive fix.

UPDATE: Wow.  CNN shares this must-see picture of the collapsed Metrodome roof.  Looking rough.

UPDATE II: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities has an incredible gallery of shots from inside the Metrodome.  There is a tear in the roof that seems to be getting bigger by the minute.

UPDATE III: The Big Lead passes along this FOX Sports video of the Metrodome roof collapse with several indoor angles.  It’s an incredible sight.

  1. sdelmonte - Dec 12, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    And they say weather can’t cancel football games.

    Third time this year weather has affected an NYC football team, with the Jets being delayed by lightning in both MNF games.

  2. wonkypenguin - Dec 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    If they ever consider for even one second ruining Target Field for a football game, I will sit in protest outside with my arm chained to the Kirby Puckett statue.

    Put some turf in the Target Center and play it there. And put Kevin Love in as tight end.

  3. JBerardi - Dec 12, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Holy crap, watch that video.

  4. thejokewriter - Dec 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Team USA could not retain their title at the recent World Beard and Moustache Championships. The team consisting of 8 Amish guys and an Italian Grandmother lost to the Austrians by a whisker!

  5. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    I wonder how we could arrange to get that much snow to come down on the Tropicana Dump.

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