If the Minnesota Vikings can’t repair the Metrodome in time for their Monday Night Football game next week against the Chicago Bears, it’s hard to imagine the NFL would force the Vikings (and the local economy) to give up two straight road games and play again in Detroit’s Ford Field. That would give the Vikes a four-game road trip to close the season.
You’d think the Twin Cities would have an extra stadium, identical to the Metrodome, just sitting there on the other side of the glass wall that separates Minneapolis from Minneapolis II, but no. The Metrodome is the only gigantic, NFL-sized stadium they’ve got.
So we turn our attention to the Minnesota Gophers TCF Bank Stadium, a 50,805-seat, open-air, horseshoe-style facility located on the University of Minnesota’s campus. It was reportedly considered for this week’s game. It only seats about 13,000 fewer people than the Metrodome, meaning it would be highly likely to house more Vikings fans than the hundreds-of-miles-away Ford Field could.
Since college football is almost never played around these parts anywhere near mid-December, weather would be a major concern. But Dec. 20 is supposed to be a downright scalding day by Minnesota standards, with a low of 16 degrees. Why not play an outdoor game?