Outdoor Football in Minnesota: Bears Win and They’re In
Monday Night’s game is being played at University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium because the roof of the Metrodome is still under repair. This will be the first time the Minnesota Vikings are playing an outdoor home game since their last game at Metropolitan Stadium on December 20, 1981, exactly 29 years ago. There are quite a few difficulties that come with playing this game at TCF Bank Stadium, one is the inclement weather and the other is the seating arrangements.
Playing a night game outdoors in Minnesota during the middle of December just sounds brutal. According to weather.com, it will be 25 degrees out but with the wind chill it will feel like it is 13 degrees and there is a 70%-90% chance of snow. The Vikings punter Chris Kluwe voiced his concerns about the field saying the field is “hard as concrete.” Aside from the conditions, it took a lot of manual labor to remove all of the snow from TCF Bank Stadium, check out the time lapse video of the entire process below.
The Metrodome holds approximately 64,000 while TCF Bank Stadium has a capacity of around 51,000, in order to deal with this issue the Vikings announced that the game will be general admission and seating will be first come first serve. Preference will be given to lower level ticket holders by allowing them to enter the stadium 30 minutes before the upper level ticket holders.
Aside from all the mess surrounding this game, this is the 100th meeting of the Vikings and the game has playoff implications for the Chicago Bears. Since the Patriots beat the Packers on Sunday, the Bears can now clinch a playoff spot with a win in tonights game against the Vikings.
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