The NFL has moved the Giants-Vikings game to Detroit's indoor Ford Field, with kickoff set for 7:20 p.m. Monday.
But if you're thinking about catching a quick flight out to the Motor City, you might want to consider that snow and high winds are predicted there, too, for Monday. That's right in line with the rest of the midwest, which is being pounded by a huge blizzard.
The heavy snowfall in Minneapolis that closed the airport Saturday and left the Giants stranded overnight in Kansas City, claimed the Metrodome roof as a victim early Sunday morning. The membrane roof collapsed under 17 inches of snow. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the roof is torn in three places and that there was no way it could be repaired in time for Monday's rescheduled date.
For a while, officials were up in the air about where to play the game. The University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium was considered, but it was finally decided that Ford Field would be the best place. It is equal travel distance between Minnesota and Kansas City, where the Giants were stranded overnight Saturday. Plus, Fox TV has wiring set up there already, so creating the telecast would be less complicated. Besides, the Giants had left their cold-weather gear at home in anticipation of playing under a roof.
This game appears to have been doomed from the start. The Giants were hoping to sneak into Minneapolis ahead of the heavy snows by scheduling their charter flight at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 3 1/2 hours earlier than usual. But by the time they got in the air, snow and heavy winds closed the Minneapolis airport to all traffic, and the Giants were diverted to St. Louis. They were to leave for Minneapolis at 9 a.m. Sunday, but when the game was rescheduled for Monday, they rescheduled the charter for noon.
This is not be the first time the NFL has changed venues in the face of disaster. The Giants' 2005 game with the Saints was moved to the Meadowlands from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. But there was more lead time on that. This is strictly adjusting on the fly.