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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Minnesota Vikings will try to play at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night

By Cindy Boren

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The "Monday Night" countdown is underway. (Bruce Bisping / Star Tribune)

The field at TCF Bank Stadium is the very definition of "frozen tundra" right now, covered by five-foot snowdrifts. It's a place designed for a University of Minnesota football schedule that ends in late November, with concession stands that are not intended to be operational in temperatures below 30 degrees.

There are, alert the National Guard, no beer taps.

But the university's two-year-old stadium is where the Minnesota Vikings will play their final home game Monday night against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings, whose Metrodome collapsed under the weight of snow Sunday, haven't played an outdoor game at home in 29 years. They have some quarterback issues, not the least of which is the situation regarding Tarvaris Jackson's injury and Brett Favre's status. But right now, the primary concern is the logistics of moving the game.

"We're determined to play our game Monday in Minneapolis, in front of our fans," Bagley said earlier Tuesday.

It'll be, well, different. There will be no luxury suites, less primo parking. And alcohol is not sold at TCF Bank Stadium. "That's one of a myriad of issues on the table," Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said of the possibility of selling beer.

There's also the little matter of fitting over 63,000 ticketholders into a stadium that seats 50,000. Bagley said adding temporary seats is a possibility...once the snow is removed, a process that officials say may take five days. The Vikings and the NFL had little choice, though, once it was determined that the Metrodome's inflatable roof could not be repaired in time for Monday's game. The university hired 400 workers to "de-winterize" the stadium, designed to hibernate at the end of November; the Vikings and NFL will cover the costs, which could reach $700,000, of preparing for the game.

"We'll do whatever we can to get it ready," Scott Ellison, the university's associate athletic director said.

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Whoa, whoa, WHOA. A football game without beer at the concession stands?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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