Minnesota Vikings players aren't happy about leaving the friendly confines of the Metrodome for frigid TCF Bank Stadium. Their opponent, the Chicago Bears, also expressed concern about the conditions of the stadium, mainly the frozen turf that more closely resembles asphalt. With all the concerns, is it possible the NFL will make another last-minute change, opting to move the game to another neutral site?
According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the game will go on at TCF Bank Stadium, despite freezing temperatures and a massive cleanup effort needed to prepare the field.
"The game is going to be played there," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The decision has been made. If the situation changes and something unusual happens, we'll adjust. But there are no indications we wouldn't be able to play the game there. It's full steam ahead preparing the field and the stadium for a game on Monday."
NFL executive vice president echo'd that sentiment, telling players to, more or less, deal with it.
"This is Minnesota -- you all know how to deal with cold," Grubman said. While he said there are particular concerns about the frozen field, "football is a cold-weather game."
The collapse of the Metrodome, and the ensuing scheduling chaos that followed, has been nothing short of a disaster for the Vikings. On Monday, they'll the field at TCF Bank Stadium in front of what could be a sparse crowd, deterred by the frigid temperatures that go along with outdoor football in Minnesota. Add in the lack of alcohol and it's a recipe for attendance disaster.
Let's just hope no players are seriously hurt after hitting the rock-solid turf on Monday.