The field at TCF Bank Stadium is frozen and blanketed by 5-foot snowdrifts. The concession stands weren’t built to withstand temperatures below 30 degrees. There are no beer taps.
But determined to play their final 2010 home game in Minneapolis, the nomadic Minnesota Vikings said on Tuesday that they will face the Chicago Bears on Monday night at the University of Minnesota’s 2-year-old stadium. The game will be played 29 years to the day since the Vikings’ last outdoor home contest, a 10-6 loss to Kansas City at Met Stadium in 1981.
“They love outdoor football in Minnesota,” said Scott Ellison, the university’s associate athletic director.
Many issues to deal with …
For one night, Vikings fans will learn to love it without their usual seats, luxury suites and parking spots. And, possibly, without their favorite brew: Alcohol is not sold at TCF Bank Stadium during Gophers games. “That’s one of a myriad of issues on the table,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said of the possibility of selling beer on Monday night.
the biggest one being perhaps 13,000 fewer seats.
Also to be discussed, he said, was the problem of having sold 63,000-plus tickets to a game being played in a stadium that can seat only 50,000. Bagley said the Vikings will discuss adding temporary seats to the stadium with university officials. (Source: Star Tribune)
Check the source for the rest. The Vikings in a home game played outdoors. Now that should be interesting.
Big question is does an outdoor night game in December give the Bears the advantage?
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- Report: Bears-Vikings heading outdoors (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Vikings to play at U of Minnesota stadium Monday (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)