Vikings, Bears prepare to play outdoors at TCF Bank stadium
Updated at 4:06 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota officials have agreed that alcohol will not be sold at Monday night's game at TCF Bank Stadium.
(This is what's known as a dealbreaker.)
Updated at 2:08 p.m.
The game Monday night between the Vikings and Bears is on for TCF Bank Stadium, just as it always has been.
"The game is going to be played there," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told 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."
Aiello added that the game could quickly be changed, if necessary. Last week's Vikings-Giants game was moved to Detroit on one day's notice. Aiello also said that reports that the Bears might protest the TCF Bank site are "bogus."
Updated at 1:47 p.m.
Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould, the team's NFL Players Association representative, has contacted the union with concerns about Monday's game at TCF Bank stadium, safety Chris Harris said.
"There's no protest," Gould said (via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times). The players are not planning to protest. That report came out of Minnesota."
George Atallah, assistant executive director of the NFLPA, said (via Twitter): The #NFLPA has contacted player reps from #Bears and #Vikings about the field concerns in MN. We are aware of the situation.
Updated at 1:17 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings have placed Tarvaris Jackson on the injured-reserve list because of turf toe, which would mean that their quarterback Monday night on the extremely frozen tundra of TCF Bank Stadium would be 1) Joe Webb, 2) Brett Favre, 3) Patrick Ramsey, 4) some combination thereof.
The Vikings and ESPN are preparing for an outdoor game, but team leaders are concerned about the frozen field on which the Vikings will play the Chicago Bears. It's a FieldTurf surface covered by a couple of inches of ice and there is no heating system under it (the University of Minnesota's field is designed to be closed down each year when the college season ends in late November). The Bears' groundskeeper is heading to Minneapolis to offer his assistance. Meanwhile, there are rumblings that the Bears might file a protest about playing there.
And you thought the collapse of the Metrodome roof was a disaster.
"I just hope it's a safe environment to play in," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "That it's not going to be hazardous to the players when it comes to field conditions."
Temperatures Monday night are expected to be in the single digits.
"Is that really a home-field advantage for us? That's the question," Shiancoe said. "But at the same time, we have to go out there and play, and we'll play hard."
@AdamSchefter With the league concerned on player safety how could they entertain playin a game on a surface that could b as hard as asphalt
Harris later tweeted, "What I want u to do today is go buy a pair of cleats and go jogging down ur street then get back with me #Thanks"
Early reports are a 2" layer of ice underneath the snow on the field at TCF. With no heating coils, expect a hockey game, not football.
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