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Metrodome Collapse

Metrodome Collapse - Once the shock wore off, once teammates had watched the earthquake-like online videos of the Metrodome roof collapsing a few times, the Vikings accepted their fate.

They were headed to Detroit.

Eighteen to 20 inches of Minnesota snow ripped holes through the Metrodome, scrambled the NFL's scheduling plans and stole the Vikings' home-field advantage, pushing what was once a noon Sunday kickoff against the Giants to a neutral-site game in Ford Field at 6:20 tonight on Fox.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the team will miss the home-field advantage of playing in the Metrodome, but the Vikings realize their slim playoff hopes exist because of Green Bay's loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Vikings (5-7) must win their remaining four games to have a remote chance at the postseason.

Metrodome Collapse

"Our guys are resilient; they're professionals," Frazier said. "This is what they do for a living. They'll adjust."

Any ticket holders for the originally scheduled game will be admitted to Ford Field and receive "preferred seating along the 50-yard line," the Vikings announced, or they can receive refunds. Free general-admission tickets will be available at Ford Field's box office starting at 8 a.m.

Fox will televise the game in New York City and the Twin Cities, as well as the Duluth, Rochester and Mankato, Minn., markets.

The game had to be moved from Minneapolis because TCF Bank Stadium, where the University of Minnesota plays, was not a viable option.

Metrodome Collapse


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