Bundle Up: Vikings to Host Bears Outside on Monday Night Football

The Vikings will be out of their element – or out in the elements – when they host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football on December 20th.  After the roof of the Metrodome collapsed over weekend, the damage was deemed too extensive to repair in time for Monday night’s divisional matchup between the Vikings and Bears, so the game will be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.  Apparently the damage from the blizzard was worse than originally thought. 

According to the local Fox affiliate, the biggest challenge for stadium officials will be to clear the stadium and get it ready for action.  The Gophers played a home game there back on November 27th and it’s likely been shut down for the winter ever since.

“We have four to five-foot drifts from blowing snow on east end of the field, concourse, upper levels,” said University of Minnesota Facilities Manager Scott Ellison. “It’s going to be a monumental task to get all the snow out.”

This will be the first Vikings home game played outdoors in 31 years.   So if you’re heading to Minnesota for the game Bears fans, you’d better bundle up.  The early forecast for Monday night is a low of 9 degrees.


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  • Frozen Ballpuncher

    Any word on what they are doing as far as tickets go? I have tickets for the game, do I still make the trip?

    • DeCon

      I just heard from Zach Zaidman that the ViQueens have yet to decide on what they are doing with current ticket holders, but I do know TCF is smaller than the Dome, so likely some people will be left out…literally!

  • venomlash

    Wow…the Bears are going to have home field advantage at an away game. I predicted that the Bears would lose to the Pats and sweep the last three games; let’s see them follow up!

  • DeCon

    hearing this game could be played in Indy, New Orleans, Dallas or Atlanta. it is up to the NFL in consultation with both teams. i think if it was going to be played in TCF, they would have said that by now.

  • DeCon

    strike that…just got this tweet from Greg Aiello, NFL PR guy:

    University of Minnesota. RT @DeCon76: @gregaiello Where am I roadtripping to watch my Bears on Monday night? Minny, Indy, New Orleans??? Please say New Orleans!!! :-)

    Bundle up boys and girls!!!

    • Boomer

      Nice work DeCon. Thanks for the knowledge.