MINNEAPOLIS -- UPDATE: The game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, which was first scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Minnesota and then scheduled for Monday night in Minnesota, will instead be played on Monday night in Detroit, with kickoff at 7:20 p.m. Eastern. The news was confirmed this morning on NFL Network.
The Metrodome will not be available for Monday night's game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings after the stadium's inflatable Teflon roof collapsed under the weight of snow from a heavy storm that passed through Saturday.
"We are currently exploring alternatives to play the game Monday night at the University of Minnesota stadium or another domed NFL stadium," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. "We will continue to provide information as it becomes available."
Other possiblities included the Detroit Lions' Ford Field and the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium.
The game had already been postponed from Sunday after the Giants' flight was diverted Saturday to Kansas City as Minnesota air travel was shut down.
Bill Lester, the executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said Sunday morning the dome suffered damage to two of its triangle-shaped Teflon panels.
"We understand the league is considering all its options," Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said. "We have let the league know that we are willing to help in any way."
The Metrodome roof has failed three times before. It deflated in 1981, 1982 and 1983, each time due to tears caused by heavy snow. The April 14, 1983, collapse forced the postponement of the Twins' game with California, which had been the only postponement. A slight tear also delayed a Twins game briefly in 1986.
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