Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowstorm Forces Cancellation of Giants-Vikings Game in Minneapolis

The massive snowstorm that has blanketed the Upper Midwest and Great Plains has caused all manner of mayhem for transportation and now it's affected NFL plans as well.

The New York Giants were initially unable to fly directly into Minneapolis because of the weather and the game was delayed until Monday to give the team time to reach the game site - the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome.

Now, there are reports that the air-supported dome has collapsed under the tremendous weight of the snow that has fallen. That means that the game cannot be played at the Metrodome for at least several days.

That throws the schedules for both the Giants and Vikings into chaos, and it further affects the NFL playoffs as the Giants are in the playoff hunt. For those who still follow Brett Favre, the delay means that Favre may be able to extend his streak of consecutive games played as he will now have more time to recover from his shoulder injury.

NFL officials and the teams are considering alternative locations because the Metrodome is unavailable. Not only did the roof collapse, but several tears in the roof mean that repairs will take some time. Alternative locations include Detroit, but outdoor locations are not likely to be considered because the Giants did not travel with their outdoor gear (they were expecting to play indoors).

It is possible that the game may end up being played at the Meadowlands on Monday night, because the league wants to maintain the schedule.


The game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7pm.

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