Metrodome roof collapse impacts 300 college baseball games

The collapse of the Metrodome roof cost the Minnesota Vikings two games at their home stadium.

It’s going to force college baseball teams to scramble to reschedule as many as 300 games as repairs to the roof will not be completed until at least March, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The University of Minnesota has about 40 games scheduled for the Metrodome that must be juggled now. There are also approximately 250 small college games that will be impacted in February and March. If that seems like a lot, it’s not when they play games from 8 a.m. until midnight, as they often schedule.

Three panels in the roof collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow and ice on Dec. 12. It’s been determined that at least nine panels must be replaced and more might need to be replaced.

The Vikings’ lease in the Metrodome runs through the 2011 season. ESPN reported that owner Zygi Wilf is interested in exploring the possibility of playing at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

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