The Vikings were thrown into a serious crunch when heavy snowfall severely damaged the roof of Metrodome Stadium, causing the game against the Giants scheduled for Sunday to be moved to Detroit on Monday.
As the team made preparations for the rescheduled game, Vikings officlals spoke of the challenges they faced to make it happen.
"As you can imagine there are many complexities in moving a game, not only for the Minnesota Vikings but also for the New York Giants as well as Ford Field and their operations," Vikings VP of Sales/Marketing and CMO Steve LaCroix said. "The Vikings are grateful to the NFL, the Detroit Lions and Fox for their quick actions in resolving tomorrow night's game.
"Our organization has been solely focused on ensuring as smooth a transition as possible for our football team and our fans. We will not begin to delve into the economic ramifications until we have taken care of the more pressing needs of our fans, our business partners and our football team."
The Vikings announced that season-ticket holders will have their accounts credited for the Giants game towards their 2011 season ticket purchase. Fans who bought individual game tickets through Ticketmaster will receive refunds. The game in Detroit will be free and will be general admission, but tickets must be picked up at the stadium.
Many have speculated that this latest incident will cause local officials to speed up the process of getting a new football stadium, which has been hung up for years.
"The Vikings' main concern is the safety of our fans and those working within the Metrodome — fortunately there were no injuries when the roof collapsed," said Lester Bagley, the Vikings' VP Public Affairs and Stadium Development. "It is not appropriate to discuss the new stadium issue today. Those conversations will occur in due time."