It’s Tuesday in Minnesota and the Vikings are in a bit of a pinch. With the Metrodome roof still torn and leaking snow, the Vikings need a home to host the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The good news: TCF Bank Stadium is nearby and able to host the game. The bad news: it’s buried in snow.
From now until Monday, when the stadium is hopefully ready for it’s Monday Night Football debut, workings will be plugging away, spending 16 hours a day shoveling snow out of the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. And the field itself? Frozen tundra would be an apt word here (via ESPN).
It could also be a challenging experience for the players, because the field ground is not heated. But Ellison said he said he thinks it will be an exciting experience for the fans.
A peak at the weather forecast shows temperatures in the single digits around game-time on Monday. Sounds like a blast! It’s ok, though, fans should be able to warm up with some piping hot concessions, right?
Now, officials will have to get TCF Bank Stadium ready, including the concessions, which are only designed to withstand mid-November temperatures. Ellison said officials would have to put Plexiglass covers over concession stands to trap heat inside.
Perfect! Temperatures in the teens, a frozen field and a legitimate chance that the concession stands may be out of service. On the plus side, the cold might help Brett Favre’s hand.