Vikings will face Giants at 6:20 p.m. Monday at Ford Field in Detroit
Madness, meet Motown.
The Minnesota Vikings will face the New York Giants at 6:20 p.m. CT on Monday at Detroit's Ford Field, the NFL announced late Sunday morning.
The venue change was a last resort after a roof collapse left the Metrodome unplayable. The league and officials from both teams also explored playing the game at TCF Bank Stadium on the "U" campus, but the university apparently declined the request.
"The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota have worked cooperatively and diligently on the re-location of the Giants-Vikings game," the Vikings said in a statement. "The University, however, has informed the Vikings that unfortunately TCF Bank Stadium was shut down for winter and would take several days to prepare for an NFL game."
It is believed the NFL also considered moving the game to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis or the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Fox will broadcast the game in the New York City, Minneapolis, Rochester, Minn., and Mankato, Minn., markets. It also will be available to DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers.
Free general-admission tickets will be available at the Ford Field box office beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern on Monday, the Vikings announced in a statement. Refunds will be given to all ticket holders to the game that originally was scheduled to be played at noon Sunday at the Metrodome; any ticket holders attending Monday's game at Detroit will be given preferred seating along the 50-yard line.
Given the damage to the roof (photos), it's hard to imagine the Metrodome will be ready for the Vikings' next game Dec. 20 against the Chicago Bears either.
Officials from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission held an impromptu media conference a little before 11 a.m. Sunday and said they were waiting for the manufacturer of the roof -- Bird Air of Amherst, N.Y. -- to arrive and provide an estimate on the time and cost of fixing the damage.
Several tears began to form in the roof around 5 a.m., MSFC chairman Roy Terwilliger told 1500 ESPN's Cory Roufs, who reported the hole in the center was getting bigger as snow continued to pour through as of late Sunday morning.