The Minnesota Vikings’ home finale won’t be at their home after all as the Vikings will be forced to host the Chicago Bears on Monday night at the University of Minnesota because the Metrodome won’t be repaired from last week’s collapsed roof that moved the Vikings-Giants game to Detroit.
Much work has to be done at the university’s TCF Bank Stadium, including clearing out 4-5 foot snow drifts on the field and concourse – the stadium basically is shut down when the Gophers’ season is over. The NFL will officially have to approve the stadium, but the Vikings are determined to play in front of their home fans in what could be their final chance to see Brett Favre in person. Here is a statement from the Vikings:
“We are committed to playing Monday night’s game in Minnesota in front of our fans. With Mall of America Field at the Metrodome now unavailable, we have turned our full attention to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. We have been in close contact with the University and the NFL office since last weekend. Preparation of the stadium is fully underway and University officials have told us they will make every reasonable effort to ensure the stadium will be ready for Monday night. The league office is assisting our staff and the University to ensure the stadium is safe for our fans and meets the primary technical requirements for an NFL game. We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the University of Minnesota and look forward to completing preparations for the game and turning this into a memorable experience for the state of Minnesota and Vikings fans.”
The weather will obviously be a factor at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium. Weather forecasts are calling for a high of 22 degrees and a low of 7 next Monday, but at game-time it appears the temperature could be around zero with a wind chill of nearly minus-20. The Vikings haven’t played an outdoor home game since Dec. 20, 1981 at Metropolitan Stadium.
As of this writing, it’s not clear who the Vikings’ quarterback will be as Favre sat out last week’s game with a shoulder/hand injury to end his record 297 consecutive games starting streak and backups Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb both are nursing injuries as well.
There is no line yet on the Bears-Vikings game at Bodog’s NFL odds.
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