It was all over the Yahoo!s and the Fox NFL Sundays and the Huffington Posts and the ESPNs, but we figure we should also post the terrifying video that caught everyone’s eye this weekend. After a tremendous snowstorm December 10-11, 2010, the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome — an air-supported structure made of Teflon and fabric — started to sag. While roofers normally clear the snow, high winds made shoveling snow on the stadium’s roof unsafe. Fox Sports cameramen who were setting up for the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants started to notice snowmelt dripping from the roof and decided to leave their cameras on overnight. This was the result:
Besides being a very cool video, the collapse caused a ripple effect among NFL officials, vendors, and fans. They quickly decided to move the game to Monday night in Detroit, where Fox already had cameras set up for the Detroit Lions home game. Ticket-holders to the game in Minneapolis were refunded, but also offered tickets on the 50-yard line on a first-come, first serve basis if they wanted to try and make the trip to Michigan in the aftermath of the snowstorm. As for the New York Giants, they were already delayed in Kansas City by the storm and basically waited (and Tweeted) it out until the NFL gave their marching orders.
All in all, it’s pretty interesting to consider all of the logistics that go into travel considerations for one NFL game. The Giants ended up beating the Vikings 21-3. Think all the travel-hassles had an effect on the game’s outcome?