The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to host the Chicago Bears Monday night. Problem! Their stadium, the Metrodome, has a rather large hole in its roof. Solution! Host the game at TCF Bank Stadium, the home of the University of Minnesota football team!
Problem! It's an open-air stadium, and that same snow storm that damaged the Metrodome also dumped 17-inches on Minneapolis, and now there's five-foot snowdrifts on the field. Solution! Offer to pay people $10-15/hour to literally work around the clock clearing the snow in a desperate effort to get TCF Bank Stadium ready in time ... but then quickly decide you're only taking volunteers instead!
Worth noting: it's currently about 20 degrees in Minneapolis, with a low tonight of zero.
So why haven't the Vikings officially announced the move to TCF Bank Stadium? Besides it being covered in snow -- with another 5-7 inches possible over the next couple of days -- there is an avalanche of other problems:
- Snow removal will cost around $700,000 (covered by the NFL though)
- TCH Bank Stadium seats 50,000 fans; 63,000 tickets have been sold. There's apparently not even enough room for Vikings' season ticket holders.
- There are no beer taps installed at the concession stands of TCF Bank Stadium (college campus). Currently, there are only "discussions" of whether or not alcohol will be sold
- The field is not heated, which causes concern for players' safety
- Monday's high is 16 degrees.
Volunteers will be welcomed beginning Thursday morning. Shovels are provided, "but volunteers are welcome to bring their own."