First off, after just one post I’m scrapping the idea to dedicate each one to a player who wears/wore the number that corresponds to the post. It was one of those things that seemed clever at the time but the next day seemed fairly idiotic. This one would have gone out to Brian Leetch in case you’re wondering.
By now I’m sure most people have seen the video posted above (courtesy of the AP), showing the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsing. This caused Sunday’s scheduled 1 p.m. Eastern game between the Giants and Vikings to be moved to Detroit’s Ford Field tonight for a 7:20 p.m kickoff.
First and foremost, thankfully no one was hurt when the Teflon roof caved in. I really have not heard any mention of the vehicle that looks like a golf cart speeding toward one of the exits. It appears the driver of the cart was the only person on the field, and he was fortunate to be on the sidelines rather than in the center of the playing field where the initial burst occurred.
But let’s get to the heart of the matter: The Vikings need a new stadium. I’m not bringing up anything new here, as there has been plenty of talk of the Vikings getting a new home for a few years now. But it was just narrowly voted down by the State earlier this year.I realize the Twins just got their new stadium last year, so funding yet another one in Minnesota may not be high on the priority list.
But this was the fifth time the roof has deflated. OK, so it was the first time in 24 years, but obviously it can still happen and should be considered a safety hazard. Minnesota is prone to blizzards obviously, and relying on this Teflon, bubbly roof to consistently hold up just isn’t wise.
Unless I’m forgetting anything, the Georgia Dome is the only other NFL stadium with a similar Teflon roof. And you might remember that stadium had a leaky roof during the 2008 SEC basketball tournament. The Colts and Lions moved on from their Teflon domes to enclosed stadiums built with much more solid roofs.With constant potential weather issues during Minneapolis winters, it’s about time the Vikings do the same.
I don’t claim to know the fiscal situation in Minnesota relative to the rest of the country, but perhaps this latest collapse at the Metrodome will push the conversation of a new football stadium back into the forefront.
As for tonight’s game, it should be quite a scene seeing the the Giants and Vikings go at it in Detroit. As a Giants fan, I think they caught a break here. It is now a neutral-site game where there very well could be thousands of Detroit Lions fans rooting against the Vikings.