Collapse could push Metrodome to priority status

Posted Dec. 12, 2010 @ 1:18 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Sunday morning's collapse of the Metrodome roof, causing the Vikings-Giants game to move to Detroit, will have a windblown effect that will be felt in several places.

It could give Brett Favre the extra rest he needs to play Monday.

It will create a strange atmosphere at Ford Field, a neutral site where very few Vikings and Giants fans are expected to attend.

The delay of game will mean little rest for the weary Giants, who bumped up their travel plans, made an emergency stop in Kansas City, are on their way to Detroit and then must turn around in a very short week they'll be spending preparing for the Eagles in a vital game.

The Vikings go back home to face the Bears, continuing what has been a first-for-everything season for this plagued club.

And the Vikings will enter the offseason with a host of questions, surrounding the team from top to bottom. Considering that the roof of their stadium just fell in, you can add that to the list of major issues. That's about as top to bottom as it gets right there.

Giants owner John Mara agrees. "It certainly bolsters their argument for why the need a new stadium," he said. "For this to happen in this day and age is pretty incredible."

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty left office believing the city and the team could come top an agreement on a new facility, but getting the public funding for it has proven difficult so far.

The current lease runs through 2011, and just as the CBA is holding the league hostage, the lack of concrete stadium plans really is holding the Vikings back.

The snow collapse compounds this severely. Expect this even to have a serious effect on getting something done — likely in the form of funding for a new building in the next year, with perhaps a short-term extension at the Metrodome while a new one is being built.

Although Los Angeles and its lack of snow probably sounds nice to some Vikings officials right about now.