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TCF Bank Stadium needs to know today whether it’ll host NFL game

Minnesota fans

Vikings fans have gotten a Ghost-of-Christmas-Future glimpse of what it would be like for the home team to play a home game in a place other than their home of 50 years.  In six days, Vikings fans may get a chance to see what it would be like to once again play in a home without a dome.

The folks who run TCF Bank Stadium, the open-air facility in which the University of Minnesota plays its home games, need to know by the end of the day whether the venue needs to be unwinterized in time for a Winter Solstice Eve game to be televised nationally on ESPN.  Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the powers-that-be need six days to get the place ready for some football.

“It’s not as easy as just throwing a switch or a valve and walking away,” University of Minnesota assistant athletic director Scott Ellison said.  “You have to open up the water line and make sure there’s no leaks and make sure everything is running properly.”

Ellison pointed out that the stadium isn’t designed for late-December football.  “It wasn’t built for those types of temperatures, so there are some other issues that we have to look at as far as making sure that if we do open a concession stand for a game, we don’t freeze a sprinkler pipe or freeze water lines once they are back in service,” Ellison said.

The biggest challenge?  Removing all the snow from the same storm that collapsed the Metrodome.

There’s a chance that the Metrodome also will be ready.  If the Vikings want to be sure that they’ll be playing in Minnesota on Monday night, it would be wise (but expensive) to commence aggressive efforts to prepare both places for the game.

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28 Responses to “TCF Bank Stadium needs to know today whether it’ll host NFL game”
  1. jwil444 says: Dec 14, 2010 11:08 AM

    this franchise is a total laughing stock- nice stadium, nice quarterback, nice record, nice youth…………………. they resemble favre, falling apart fast.

  2. myfinalword says: Dec 14, 2010 11:11 AM

    Well, if it is cold enough you will freeze a sprinkler pipe. What does a football game have to do with this? The sprinkler pipe should be on at all times!

  3. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 14, 2010 11:14 AM

    What makes the Minneapolis Winter cold less Tolerable than Green Bay or Chicago? A quick look at the map shows minny to be in the southern part of Minnesota no father north than Green Bay or Foxborough, Queens fans have turned into mush. After seeing other fans as recently as last week show their metal in tough conditions I would think the candy azz queens fans would be ashamed

  4. 4ever19 says: Dec 14, 2010 11:19 AM

    The Metrodome has not been the Vikings’ home for 50 years. The first Vikings regular-season home game was Sept. 12, 1982, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10. Does no one remember the Bud Grant era in which not only did the Vikes play in the open air and cold and wind At Metropolitan Stadium, but Bud didn’t allow heaters on the sidelines or gloves on the hands?

  5. davikes says: Dec 14, 2010 11:33 AM

    TCF Bank Stadium is a great stadium. http://stadium.gophersports.com/ If the Vikings were smart instead of greedy, they would just cut a deal to play there. The stadium currently seats 50,000, and is expandable to 80,000. If they needed to go to 80,000 seats, that would be a heck of a lot cheaper for the taxpayer than building a new stadium.

  6. Robert says: Dec 14, 2010 11:36 AM

    An outdoor venue is welcomed.

    If Green Bay can play out doors—–any team can.

    Thank you TCF!!!!

  7. brutus9448 says: Dec 14, 2010 11:38 AM

    How can the metrodome be ready? Are they gonna remove the roof?

  8. daryllh says: Dec 14, 2010 11:45 AM

    flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:14 AM
    What makes the Minneapolis Winter cold less Tolerable than Green Bay or Chicago? A quick look at the map shows minny to be in the southern part of Minnesota no father north than Green Bay or Foxborough, Queens fans have turned into mush. After seeing other fans as recently as last week show their metal in tough conditions I would think the candy azz queens fans would be ashamed
    =============================

    I lived near Green Bay for 24 years. I have lived in Minneapolis for 11 years. Minnesota winters are colder than NE Wisconsin and Illinois. Minnesota Summers tend to be hotter than both those places too. Lake effect has a lot to do with it.

  9. stretch51 says: Dec 14, 2010 11:54 AM

    You telling me that they built a stadium in Minnesota not for December weather?

    Nice.

  10. zaggs says: Dec 14, 2010 12:03 PM

    So someone got the state of Minnesota to pay for nearly half of a stadium that can’t be used throughout the entire year? Can’t imagine why getting a new stadium for the Vikes is taking so long.

  11. cusoman says: Dec 14, 2010 12:05 PM

    flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 14, 2010 11:14 AM

    What makes the Minneapolis Winter cold less Tolerable than Green Bay or Chicago? A quick look at the map shows minny to be in the southern part of Minnesota no father north than Green Bay or Foxborough, Queens fans have turned into mush. After seeing other fans as recently as last week show their metal in tough conditions I would think the candy azz queens fans would be ashamed

    ——————

    What part of “the stadium isn’t designed for December football” do you not understand?

  12. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 14, 2010 12:08 PM

    daryllh says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:45 AM

    lived near Green Bay for 24 years. I have lived in Minneapolis for 11 years. Minnesota winters are colder than NE Wisconsin and Illinois. Minnesota Summers tend to be hotter than both those places too. Lake effect has a lot to do with it.

    ————————————————

    I would agree if we were talking about northern Minnesota but we are not. I remember the Bud Grant Metropolitan Stadium years. Metropolitan Stadium was layed out for baseball therefore a terrible stadium to watch a football game yet despite that and the weather fans showed their metal and showed up in large numbers. Why can’t they do that now? Because they have become soft.

  13. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 14, 2010 12:12 PM

    myfinalword says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:11 AM
    Well, if it is cold enough you will freeze a sprinkler pipe. What does a football game have to do with this? The sprinkler pipe should be on at all times!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not if the kline is drained or it is winterized with anti-freeze in a non-potable line.

    Stick to something you know at least a little something about….we know it’s not 7th grade plumbing.

  14. pastabelly says: Dec 14, 2010 12:17 PM

    That college stadium only has 25,000 seats with chair backs. The rest is all bleachers. That’s okay for college. For the NFL, it’s only a stop gap. If Minnesota is not going to build a new football stadium to replace that dump, the owners should move the franchise to LA (just like the basketball team did 40-50 years ago.

  15. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 14, 2010 12:28 PM

    cusoman says:
    Dec 14, 2010 12:05 PM

    What part of “the stadium isn’t designed for December football” do you not understand?

    ———————————————–

    Just trying to point out the state of mind of Minnesota fans thats all. I understand its a college stadium not meant to be used after November. I’m just saying if the Queens fans haven’t become so soft over the years they could build themselves a nice outdoor stadium at much less cost than a dome. There is no excuse for a dome, it breeds wimpyness.

  16. gerryb323 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    favreflavoredwaffles says:
    Dec 14, 2010 12:12 PM
    myfinalword says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:11 AM
    Well, if it is cold enough you will freeze a sprinkler pipe. What does a football game have to do with this? The sprinkler pipe should be on at all times!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not if the kline is drained or it is winterized with anti-freeze in a non-potable line.

    Stick to something you know at least a little something about….we know it’s not 7th grade plumbing.

    ———————-

    Pretty sure he meant that the sprinkler lines should ALWAYS be on as they are there in case of a fire and an issue of safety. Also, wonder if the insurer of the facility knows the sprinklers aren’t functional during the winter….they do now!

  17. daryllh says: Dec 14, 2010 12:45 PM

    flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says:

    I would agree if we were talking about northern Minnesota but we are not. I remember the Bud Grant Metropolitan Stadium years. Metropolitan Stadium was layed out for baseball therefore a terrible stadium to watch a football game yet despite that and the weather fans showed their metal and showed up in large numbers. Why can’t they do that now? Because they have become soft==============================
    Comparing the average monthly temps for Minneapolis, Chicago and Green Bay-Minneapolis is the coldest. Chicago does have a higher average than Minnesota (July) but is quite warmer during the Winter than the other 2 cities. If you want to compare the 3 states, Minnesota would wipe its chilly hiney with Wisconsin and Illinois.
    As far as the Met stadium year…we’re talking about a team from the late 60s and early 70s that was better than any Vikings team in the last 30 years. lol Winning makes you forget how cold it is.

  18. rick1922 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:59 PM

    Minnesota fans are soft and wimps they have no need for a dome Green Bay and Chicago Fans have never had or need one .THE STATE OF MINNESOTA should never pay toward a dome stadium.

  19. jusford says: Dec 14, 2010 1:06 PM

    There is absolutely no point in prepairing TCF for the Vikings. It’s shut down and not worth the risk, time, or money to get it ready for one game. If you want home field support outdoors, then have it at Lambeau as the Packer fans will gladly root against the true rival Chicago.
    The only problem with this is the logistics for housing two teams in Appleton and the crying Minnesota is going to do over lost revenue in the state (Minneapolis).

  20. NoHomeTeam says: Dec 14, 2010 1:06 PM

    Too many posts to respond to them individually, so I’m going with the cut-paste-insert option.

    jwil444 says: this franchise is a total laughing stock- nice stadium, nice quarterback, nice record, nice youth…………………. they resemble favre, falling apart fast.

    Sadly, I am forced to agree with you in principle jwil444, if not in spirit. It really seems like the entire franchise is disintegrating. That fact, however, in no way makes you not a low-rent troll.

    flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: What makes the Minneapolis Winter cold less Tolerable than Green Bay or Chicago? A quick look at the map shows minny to be in the southern part of Minnesota no father north than Green Bay or Foxborough, Queens fans have turned into mush. After seeing other fans as recently as last week show their metal in tough conditions I would think the candy azz queens fans would be ashamed

    And in what way was the original post about the fans in the Twin Cities? I realize you probably can’t help yourself, but try to stay on topic. Do you have something personal against Vikings fans, or are you just trying to prop up your own ego by implying that Patriots fans are somehow superior because they sit in the snow to watch a football game?

    brutus9448 says: How can the metrodome be ready? Are they gonna remove the roof?

    My initial thought was that simply removing the canvas top and letting it be open air would be the easiest, cheapest solution. The original post served as a reminder that it’s not that simple. That venue was designed to operate at about 68 degrees, not 5- or 10-below zero. Having the Vikings play in the Metrobowl is a fun fantasy, but not realistic.

    stretch51 says: You telling me that they built a stadium in Minnesota not for December weather? Nice. zaggs says: So someone got the state of Minnesota to pay for nearly half of a stadium that can’t be used throughout the entire year?

    Yeah, well . . . I’ve got nothing for this, honestly. I suppose it was several million dollars cheaper to not fully winterize the stadium, but it certainly seems short-sighted

    pastabelly says: That college stadium only has 25,000 seats with chair backs. The rest is all bleachers. That’s okay for college. For the NFL, it’s only a stop gap. If Minnesota is not going to build a new football stadium to replace that dump, the owners should move the franchise to LA (just like the basketball team did 40-50 years ago.

    I didn’t know that about the Gophers’ stadium; this is an interesting fact and should hopefully quiet the posters who are advocating that the Vikings play there full time. Could have done without the L.A. shot, though.

  21. shaggytoodle says: Dec 14, 2010 1:07 PM

    The snow removal isn’t that hard the Packers never have any problems the fans happily do the stands, maybe the Gophers don’t have a snowblower so they can take care of the field.

  22. NoHomeTeam says: Dec 14, 2010 1:16 PM

    rick1922 says: “Minnesota fans are soft and wimps they have no need for a dome Green Bay and Chicago Fans have never had or need one .THE STATE OF MINNESOTA should never pay toward a dome stadium.”

    Just had to touch on this one. I’m not getting any work done today.

    Metrodome => Usable 365 days a year

    Lambeau & Soldier Fields => Usable maybe 90 days a year.

    If I’m a taxpayer, and I’m going to be on the hook for a stadium, I’d rather have one that produces revenue all year round.

    Not a wus, not a wimp, and I love “snow games.” But you have to look at the larger picture. It’s not just about what the fans want. If a stadium could be built exclusively with funds generated by the fans, then your argument that “fans don’t need a dome” might hold more water. But understand that even the nosebleed seats at such a stadium would probably have to be priced at something like $600 per game.

    Of course, real fans — fans that aren’t “soft” wouldn’t balk at paying those rates, right?

  23. sickpuppyz says: Dec 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    @flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot

    from a Pats fan to another: just shut up and let others do as they see fit. you come across as a know-it-all who can never be wrong.

    btw, “fans showing their metal” repeated in more than one post????? try “mettle” you ignorant buffoon.

  24. smith62477 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:27 PM

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    4ever19 says: Dec 14, 2010 11:19 AM

    The Metrodome has not been the Vikings’ home for 50 years. The first Vikings regular-season home game was Sept. 12, 1982, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10. Does no one remember the Bud Grant era in which not only did the Vikes play in the open air and cold and wind At Metropolitan Stadium, but Bud didn’t allow heaters on the sidelines or gloves on the hands?

    That is not what he mean’t, re-read it. He meant that they have played in Minneapolis for 50 years not the metrodome.

  25. wkheathjr says: Dec 14, 2010 1:45 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE play at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night!!

    And if you do, please please make sure that there is no heating seat and no heater on both sideline! It would be so fun to watch classic Vikings football!

    I admit I have been hoping that Minnesota Vikings would go back playing outdoor football and use that to their advantage! So let’s see what State of Minn and Vikings will decide to do after this season. Hopefully it will be cheaper to just renovate the rooftop of Metro stadium into a retract rooftop just like Arizona and so top can be removed to let cold weather in during the wintertime???

  26. daryllh says: Dec 14, 2010 1:46 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Dec 14, 2010 1:07 PM
    The snow removal isn’t that hard the Packers never have any problems the fans happily do the stands, maybe the Gophers don’t have a snowblower so they can take care of the field.
    =====================

    Packers open up the snow removal to the public and pay them for helping. Imagine how many bums from downtown would make it over to TCF Stadium in order to stock up on 5ths of booze with the paycheck!

  27. ernieernie says: Dec 14, 2010 1:59 PM

    The Wilfs will not allow the Vikes to play in TCF stadium as a permanent solution. They want the big suites and lots of them. Thats where the money is.
    Season ticket holders only account for so much but those box seats and suites really bring in the dough. Enough to make a return on investment in the stadium.
    No the Wilfs will use the collapse to point out, either you approve a new stadium or its adious LA here we come.

  28. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 14, 2010 2:58 PM

    sickpuppyz says:
    Dec 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    from a Pats fan to another: just shut up and let others do as they see fit. you come across as a know-it-all who can never be wrong.

    ————————————————– You got me on the “mettle” part but you are in no way shape a form a Pats fan.

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