TCF Bank Stadium, home to the University of Minnesota, will be the site of the Minnesota Vikings "home" game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football next week. With the Metrodome roof collapsed, this was the only option if the Vikings wanted to play a game near their fans, which they said was a priority after moving 600 miles away to Detroit's Ford Field for their last "home" game.
TCF Bank Stadium is not designed to host games in December at this temperature -- a high of 16 degrees is expected for the game -- and the process of de-winterizing it could cost over $700,000, the Star Tribune reports.
The university agreed on Tuesday morning and began the process of hiring 400 workers to prepare a site that Ellison said had been "winterized." The Vikings and the NFL will cover the university's expenses for clearing the snowy stadium and hosting the game, which could amount to $700,000 or more, he said.
Anyone that's been part of any construction project knows the cost somehow always rises from what you initially thought.
From the concession stands -- the pipes aren't built to sustain these temperatures -- to simply removing the tons and tons of snow, there are many logistical nightmares the NFL and the Vikings face as they work with the University of Minnesota to prepare TCF Bank Stadium for the game.
But the Vikings say somehow, some way it will get done.