Vikings Going Outside
The Metrodome’s collapsed roof will not be fixed in time for Monday’s Vikings-Bears game, so the contest is moving outdoors. The Vikings say they are working with the NFL and University of Minnesota on preparing nearby TCF Bank Stadium — home of the Gophers’ football team. The Vikings were forced to play a “home” game at Detroit’s Ford Field last Monday after the inflatable roof of the Metrodome tore and caved in under heavy snow over the weekend. TCF Bank Stadium, an outdoor facility that holds about 50,000, is located just a couple of miles from the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The stadium just opened this year, but had been closed for the winter and thus will take several days to prepare for an NFL game. Next Monday night’s game will be the first outdoor home game for the Vikings since the Metrodome opened in 1982. The extended weather forecast calls for a high in the teens at kickoff.