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NFL, TCF Bank Stadium officials express confidence game will be played in Minnesota

Just hours after the Vikings voiced concern that their Monday Night Football game wasn’t guaranteed to be played at the University of Minnesota, TCF Bank Stadium officials and the NFL expressed renewed confidence they could play the game in Minnesota.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a press conference Wednesday that he’s “confident” the game will be played in Minnesota.  (He also noted he had already planned to be at the game.)  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said “the plan” was to be at TCF Bank Stadium.

TCF Bank Stadium officials were even more optimistic late Wednesday.

“The NFL is on board,” said university official Scott Ellison via  “They have a couple gentlemen here today meeting with us and making sure we’re making good progress, which we are, and they haven’t expressed any concerns about what we’re doing.”

Basically, it’s going to be outdoors in Minnesota unless something goes very wrong.  (Oh by the way: more snow is expected Thursday.)

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19 Responses to “NFL, TCF Bank Stadium officials express confidence game will be played in Minnesota”
  1. georgeanderson2 says: Dec 15, 2010 6:30 PM

    Lookout MN residents, Roger is coming to scare all of you with his broad threats on a new stadium. Roger and his buddies will be putting the full court press on the government officials in scaring about how awful life will be without the NFL.

    Keep him in NYC thinking about how great an 18 game schedule will be for the owners and the “fans”.
    Who is going to have more fans this weekend, Vikes or Dolphins(they can’t even give away enough tickets to fill up their stadium, its going to be another get your own section seating in Miami come Sunday).

  2. hobartbaker says: Dec 15, 2010 6:30 PM

    Dang, I was kinda hoping to see Favre light it up on a high school field. Up in Hibbing, maybe. With the fans standing around in parkas roasting deer meat off the back of their snowmobiles.

  3. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 15, 2010 6:42 PM

    I thought it was Moose meat and ice fishing as the half time show

  4. pftisbecominglame says: Dec 15, 2010 6:45 PM

    @ hobartbaker:

    Well done!

  5. jefe17 says: Dec 15, 2010 6:48 PM

    So I am a Packers fan. And if there were ever a week I rooted for the hated Vikings it would be this week. If the Vikings win this week, and even if Green Bay loses. The Packers still control their destiny. If going into week 16, the Pack at 8-6 and the Bears 9-5. The Packers can win out and win the division no matter what Chicago does against the Jets. Win or Lose. If the Pack Beat the Giants and Bears. They’re in outright or via the tiebreaker. Division record 4-2 for both. Packers have edge in conference record at 8-4. Bears 7-5.

    Go Vikes on Monday and of course as always. Go Pack Go!!

  6. jusford says: Dec 15, 2010 6:53 PM

    Oh by the way, the snow for a dusting projected for south and west of the cities. Stop listening to the weather terrorists, you’ll only make things appear worse than it is.

  7. commandercornpone says: Dec 15, 2010 7:22 PM

    play it on ice.

  8. Robert says: Dec 15, 2010 7:32 PM

    Go Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. rick1922 says: Dec 15, 2010 7:32 PM

    Its about time these wimps play out side its only bin 29 years since the Vikings played a home game out doors can anyone say soft that what the Vikings and there fans are.

  10. sfsaintsfan says: Dec 15, 2010 7:44 PM

    I hope it goes well for the fans and the teams. Too bad about the stadium being damaged by the storm. I have been to the Metrodome and it was horrible before the roof was damaged.

    How are they going to handle tickets? Are there enough seats for at least the season ticket holders to get seats? The college stadium holds about 50K while the Metrodome holds about 64K. At least they won’t have to worry about a sell out at the last minute.

    They really should just expand TCF Bank Stadium as planned and hold the college and pro games at the same stadium.

  11. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 15, 2010 8:07 PM

    Great! Just like the good ol’ days.

  12. svenftw says: Dec 15, 2010 8:24 PM


  13. skolnorsk says: Dec 15, 2010 9:12 PM

    @rick1922 says:
    Dec 15, 2010 7:32 PM
    Its about time these wimps play out side its only bin 29 years since the Vikings played a home game out doors can anyone say soft that what the Vikings and there fans are.

    Moron. Learn proper grammar.

  14. pervyharvin says: Dec 15, 2010 9:23 PM

    No heat under that field. They will be playing on a chunk of ice. True man game there. Can’t wait to see the carnage.

  15. stretch51 says: Dec 15, 2010 9:38 PM

    Sounds like Monday night will be the evening where Minnesota struts its stuff for the expansion of TCF Bank Stadium into NFL-ready shape for 2011.

    What’s with all these bank sponsors of NFL Stadiums? M&T Bank? Everbank? Nice to see our tax dollars from the financial stimulus go to things like this. On the other hand, I probably own 4-6 bricks of TCF Stadium.

  16. cowboyerik says: Dec 15, 2010 9:46 PM

    BEAT THE BEARS! they are sinking like the Jets!

  17. dirksimmons says: Dec 15, 2010 10:10 PM


    If they lose to the Vikings on Monday, then they’ll be sinking like the Cheate…uh, I mean Jets.

  18. jimmysee says: Dec 15, 2010 10:16 PM

    That stadium needs a nickname — how about the Gopher Hole.

  19. j0esixpack says: Dec 15, 2010 11:44 PM

    I’ll bet Los Angeles would be happy to serve as the home town

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