Vikings pull plug on Metrodome, turn “full attention” to TCF Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that the Metrodome, their home since 1982, will not be available for Monday night’s game against the Bears.

“With Mall of America Field at the Metrodome now unavailable, we have turned our full attention to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium,” the Vikings said in a statement released tonight.  “We have been in close contact with the University and the NFL office since last weekend.  Preparation of the stadium is fully underway and University officials have told us they will make every reasonable effort to ensure the stadium will be ready for Monday night.

“The league office is assisting our staff and the University to ensure the stadium is safe for our fans and meets the primary technical requirements for an NFL game.  We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the University of Minnesota and look forward to completing preparations for the game and turning this into a memorable experience for the State of Minnesota and Vikings fans.”

The statement says that “[m]ore information will follow” for those who have tickets to the game.  Barring a loaves-and-fishes-style miracle, the information will include the plan for breaking the news to roughly 14,000 people who have tickets to the game that, in reality, they don’t.

58 responses to “Vikings pull plug on Metrodome, turn “full attention” to TCF Bank Stadium

  1. “Barring a loaves-and-fishes-style miracle, the information will include the plan for breaking the news to roughly 14,000 people who have tickets to the game that, in reality, they don’t.”

    That was the first thing that came to my mind because somebody has posted it here on Sunday that the university’s stadium has a lesser capacity than the Vikings’.

  2. Why does this sound like this isn’t a done deal!!!

    From listening to the local Vikes beat guy, TCF is far from football ready.

    Good Luck

  3. Depending on what happens with the CBA, the Bills game a few weeks ago could realistically be the last football game ever played in the Humptydome.

    Happy day.

  4. This is a confirmation that the tax payer in Minnesota will neither fix the roof or pay for a new stadium. Using the U of Min stadium proves that there is no money for repairs or talking of a new stadium.
    The fans and tax payers realize that the team was built for “now” Now has passed. The Vikings need help at almost every position, especially at QB.
    LA will be getting damaged goods. It will probably be at least 8 years (and as many high draft picks) before the playoffs are again in sight.
    LA deserves the Vikings.

  5. Favre resumes his career on the “Frozen Tundra of TCF Bank Stadium”.

    Leaving all the frozen turds of Lambeau Field behind.

  6. I really don’t think it matters about the difference in stadium capacity. With the way their season has gone and now being outside – where real football is played – I’m expecting about 100-150 fans to show up.

  7. 14,000 ticket holders were shocked to discover their landlord had already moved back to Hong Kong.

  8. Since we are now officially out of the playoff hunt, the remaining games need to be more like pre-season. Evaluating talent, and preparing for the future. Since neither Favre or Tavaris are part of the future, both need to sit, and Webb needs to start.

  9. The problem is they cannot get the fabric to get it fixed on time. It would have to be made and I am sure it takes more then a day to make, and then more then a day or two to repair!! the TCF stadium was just an easier option!!!
    I do agree that the Dome is probably done with, now time to build a new stadium!!

  10. The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.

    One of the immediate concerns for the managers of Metrodome is their responsibility to the Vikings for lost revenue because of their stadium failure.

    Moving the Giants game to Detroit cost the Vikings a large amount of cash. Refunding 14,000 tickets to the Bears game, plus any additional lost revenue associated with those 14,000 fans, isn’t a drop in the bucket either.

    How much does insurance cover, how much does stadium management cover, and will they expect a bailout from the State of Minnesota?

  11. @paulnoga

    That’s a pretty big proclamation you’ve made. It has nothing to do with not having the money, considering it’s going to cost $700,000 to prepare TCF Bank Stadium. But you probably knew thay because your such a big smart guy. By the way, your evaluation of the players couldn’t be more idiotic. Rice, Harvin, Peterson, Shianco, Hutchinson, Allen, Williams, Winfield, Henderson, Greenway, Leber……….my God! How many more top caliber players do you want me to name? We do need a QB, I’ll give you that, but besides that your obviously just a big dumba$$. Keep your mouth shut unless you actually know what you’re talking about.

  12. paulnoga says: Dec 14, 2010 9:01 PM

    This is a confirmation that the tax payer in Minnesota will neither fix the roof or pay for a new stadium. Using the U of Min stadium proves that there is no money for repairs or talking of a new stadium.
    The fans and tax payers realize that the team was built for “now” Now has passed. The Vikings need help at almost every position, especially at QB.
    LA will be getting damaged goods. It will probably be at least 8 years (and as many high draft picks) before the playoffs are again in sight.
    LA deserves the Vikings.

    ——————-

    What’s with all the people around here jumping to huge conclusions around here? It has nothing to do with funds to fix the dome, it has to do with the time frame it will take to fix the dome and when the next game is played – since it will take longer to fix the dome than it will to play the next home game, they can’t play there. It’s really simple, you’re making mountains out of molehills.

  13. How ridiculous does the Metrodome management look? Minnesota is stupid not to realize how much an NFL team is currently REDUCING the budget deficit their quazi-Marxist socialism has created. They are so busy worrying about not helping billionaires build stadiums, they can’t find their way out of their own economic dung pile.

    I have loved the Vikings for as long as I can remember. Now I can see the Viking ship setting sail with the intention of sinking off the coast of L.A. The pictures of the deflated Metrodome are utterly symbolic of the flaccid system there.

  14. ~paulnoga~

    You need to think about NFL history and battles. Vikings moving will hurt the NFL more than it will help. There IS a good market in MN for football! GB, Bears, and Lions will all miss the Vikings. Battle border will never be the same again.

    MN faces a projected $6.2 billion deficit and our state leaders want to fix the budget first over a new stadium.

    We have probably been the closest we ever have been to a new stadium but still so far away.
    I can’t wait to see what happens now after the dome roof collapsed.

  15. ~jimmylions~

    TWINS play at Target Field!!!

    There brand new stadium they got this year! I gotta say, It is AWESOME!!!!!!

    As of right now, only the Vikings and Monster trucks perfom their!

  16. @jimmylions: The Twins haven’t played in the dome since September of 2009. Target Field..baeutiful new outdoor baseball-only stadium…opened in April of 2010..remember?

  17. @jimmylions says,The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.
    Did you just crawl out from under your rock, my
    God.

  18. jimmylions says:
    Dec 14, 2010 9:43 PM
    The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.
    —————————————————

    Jimmy – Don’t know what rock you have been living under… Google “Target Field”.

  19. Is each fan getting a free down jacket and thick-lined Nanook Boots from the Vikings?

    When I attended the Ice Bowl in GB in ’67, we spent half the time in the bathroom warming up with the rest of the crowd.

  20. Last time I checked, the Twins play at Target Field now…

    ‘The Bank’ is a beautiful building and the 8 degree temp at kickoff will make for an experience a whole generation of vikings fans hasnt had!

  21. I am SO watching this game.

    Bears-Vikes. Outdoors in Minnesota. Bring back Bud Grant and give him a field pass.

    And no earmuffs.

  22. It’s cold in LA, too. You have to put on a jacket to go outside. Bwhahahahahaha!!!

    L.A. Vikings!

  23. BTW, Cutler just demanded to be put on IR rather than to play outdoors again in Meat Locker that currently is carpeted with snow …………and will NEVER thaw out and be a good playing surface by Monday night.

  24. Minnesotans, think you might need a new stadium yet? Or are you still in denial? Better think quick. Zygi has no reason to keep this team around if they don’t build a new stadium.

    I can say safely, this was the last straw for Zygi.

  25. @jimmylions

    jimmylions says:Dec 14, 2010 9:43 PM The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.

    Hey moron!!!! Ever hear of TARGET FIELD???? That’s where the Twins play not the Dome.

  26. jimmylions thats not the case. The Twin no longer play in the dome, Target Field opened last April.

    I cannot fathom why the gophers and vikings don’t share a stadium. Building a “dry” new stadium just for the Gophers doesn’t make any sense. They are traditionally much better at hockey and basketball than football.

    For the Vikings, what a difference a year makes 🙁

  27. @jimmylions – The Twins play at Target Field that opened last season….

    I love how moving the game to TCF Bank, another new stadium, has turned into a tax payer issue.. Its frickin -10 here today, its windy.. Im no genius but I know its difficult to get people on the roof of the dome in these conditions.. There are other events scheduled at the dome that are in jeopardy as well….They just cant fix it in time.. Why do you think it collapsed in the first place??

    Get your facts straight boys!

  28. jimmylions says:
    Dec 14, 2010 9:43 PM
    The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.

    ………………………………………………………………………..

    The Twins play at Target Field, a brand new outdoor baseball stadium that opened in 2010.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Field

  29. jimmylions says: Dec 14, 2010 9:43 PM

    The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.

    ——————-

    Ummm, the Twins got a new stadium last year and they now play at Target Field. So the Dome is pretty much just for the Vikings now.

  30. jimmylions says: Dec 14, 2010 9:43 PM

    The Twins also play in the dome, so it will eventually get fixed.

    Please tell me you’re joking…the Twins moved into Target Field last year.

  31. The unfortunate thing about using TCF Bank Stadium is that the stadium has undergone an winterization process, which includes draining and removing plumbing from concession areas, uninstalling televisions, rolling up windscreens, putting away trash cans, and putting away barricade. This process has been taking place since the Iowa game and it has to be reversed in 6 days. Plus there will be previously scheduled events that will still be happening this weekend. There is more to getting the stadium ready than just shoveling. It will happen, but it will take a huge amount of manpower and money.

    The progress at the dome is slowing because they are worrying about other aspects other than just the roof. Because of the exposed interior, they are dealing with below freezing temperatures in a space that only experiences above freezing temperatures-which can be a problem for water pipes.

  32. fear0nothing says:

    I cannot fathom why the gophers and vikings don’t share a stadium. Building a “dry” new stadium just for the Gophers doesn’t make any sense. They are traditionally much better at hockey and basketball than football.

    Are you joking? Yes, the Gophers are much better at basketball and hockey then football, but their conference is traditionally a “football” conference. Since they shared an off-campus stadium with the Vikings since 1982. No other Big Ten school had to do that, and it was a contributing factor to the Gophers mediocrity and low attendance before they went to an on-campus stadium, one block away from their original Memorial Stadium. Furthermore, the Gophers don’t want to and don’t need to play second fiddle NFL schedules.
    They are taking note to the other 10 (now 11) schools in their conference by building their own stadium while trying to build a program.

    The Vikes could have a new stadium (Arden Hills, right off 35W?) by 2013. Otherwise, they just may be in LA…

  33. How long did it take to fix the roof last time?????
    It shouldn’t take as long this time..
    And next time,,,, maybe a few hours….
    Practice, practice, practice……
    Or,,,,, maybe with global warming???????

  34. “The league office is assisting our staff and the University to ensure the stadium is safe for our fans and meets the primary technical requirements for an NFL game.
    =====================================
    687 freakin’ instant replay cameras! LOL

  35. sdchargers25 says: Dec 15, 2010 12:04 AM

    just move em to LA

    Right. Then the only things they will have to worry about are earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, smog, riots, and half a stadium of empty seats…. Sounds much better!

  36. Too many domes. Too many No Fun League players have no idea what it’s like to play outdoors in totally terrible weather. Death to domes…bring back the open air…John Madden’s gotta love it!

  37. This is a confirmation that the tax payer in Minnesota will neither fix the roof…
    ————————————————–

    Its called insurance there big shooter…

  38. @jimmylions,

    You need to open a new account with a new user name. You will forever be known as the stupidest person to post on a Vikings PFT thread. And that is saying something you should not be proud of.

  39. This is the NFC NORTH, the Vikings and Lions should play in open-air stadiums, and this is just God’s way of sending that message home.

    Man-up.

  40. charleswoodson says:
    Dec 14, 2010 10:54 PM
    Is each fan getting a free down jacket and thick-lined Nanook Boots from the Vikings?

    When I attended the Ice Bowl in GB in ’67, we spent half the time in the bathroom warming up with the rest of the crowd.
    _______________________________

    I’m sure you have plenty of stories about “warming people up” in public bathrooms, but please–keep that stuff in the Packer forums, where it belongs.

    And speaking of “meat lockers”…
    =================================

    charleswoodson says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:01 PM
    BTW, Cutler just demanded to be put on IR rather than to play outdoors again in Meat Locker that currently is carpeted with snow …………and will NEVER thaw out and be a good playing surface by Monday night.

    _________________________________

    Brain-rattled Rodgers just demanded that he be called “Batman”, and thinks his next game will be played in Gotham City, against the Penguin.

  41. rgledz says:
    Dec 14, 2010 9:54 PM
    @paulnoga

    That’s a pretty big proclamation you’ve made. It has nothing to do with not having the money, considering it’s going to cost $700,000 to prepare TCF Bank Stadium. But you probably knew thay because your such a big smart guy. By the way, your evaluation of the players couldn’t be more idiotic. Rice, Harvin, Peterson, Shianco, Hutchinson, Allen, Williams, Winfield, Henderson, Greenway, Leber……….my God! How many more top caliber players do you want me to name? We do need a QB, I’ll give you that, but besides that your obviously just a big dumba$$. Keep your mouth shut unless you actually know what you’re talking about
    ________________________________

    Ragnar/Chicken/Jeff???

  42. cusoman says:
    Dec 14, 2010 10:37 PM
    Wow cuso… I went to the school of redundancy school, just so you guys know I went there.
    ______________________________

    Laughed outloud at that one.

  43. @rgledz: You’re right, with all those big names you mentioned it was another close year.

    ***tumbleweed***

  44. Does that mean we’ve seen the end of his little WWF champion belt schtick when he does something good in the red zone? God how I hate that crap!

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