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“The roof of the Metrodome, the stadium in Minnesota, has collapsed. You can see it looks deflated there.” (HLN)
A monster winter snowstorm blanketed the upper Midwest with heavy snow – with Minneapolis getting the brunt of it. The weight of the snowfall – which totalled over 16 inches – caused the roof of the Metrodome to sink-in. The much-anticipated Giants Vikings game has been moved to Monday night in Detroit.
Not only did the roof collapse, but theres a giant hole in the dome as well.
ESPN reports this isn’t the first time the Metrodome has had roof problems. Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio explains the situation and how long it might take to get fixed.
“It looks like a big bowl of sugar over there. We actually have some pictures up. ... This dome has gone down in the past several times. Sometimes it has taken a couple days to get it back up. It isn’t clear even if they do get it back up how soon they can safely put a crowd underneath it. ... Two roof panels are damaged at this point, its unclear if they have replacements or how long it would take to fix that.”
Initially, the game was re-scheduled to Monday as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City. On CNN, a public information officer in Minnesota says the roof collapse actually alleviates many safety concerns officials had.
“There were concerns for a number of reasons. The amount of snow we had just people getting around safely. That was one of the concerns we had as a state police agency. From what I heard officials say they did have some concerns – that’s why it was postponed. ... However, I don’t think anyone could have imagined this.”
The postponement adds for drama to another significant story line – whether or not aging Vikings quarterback Brett Favre keeps his NFL record streak of 297 consecutive starts alive. Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder, had the game been Sunday he would not have played due to a sprained shoulder. Now with the delay, many analysts believe Favre will start – but not finish the game. Still, a writer for the Daily Norseman thinks it’s the end of the road.
“Favre's longevity streak be damned. Whether Favre starts Sunday or not doesn't matter, … The Streak, which is a remarkable achievement, will be over. And it will be newsworthy, but we will move on. Well, ESPN won't. But whatever.”
So what do you think? Should the game still be played in Minnesota? And do you think the postponement will help Favre continue his streak?
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