For years in the climate-controlled Metrodome, the Vikings’ specialists had it made.
Now that they’re going to be subject to the elements, they’re trying to learn just how bad it’s going to be.
According to Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh and punter Jeff Locke have been checking out TCF Bank Stadium to try to figure out the wind patterns.
The University of Minnesota’s stadium, which will be the Vikings temporary home, features an open horseshoe end, which makes for some tricky wind conditions.
“The field is definitely not conducive to hit straight balls,” Walsh said. “The ball is going to move no matter what with that wind, but you can definitely conquer it, master it and sort of make it your advantage. And that’s the way we’re going to have to look at it from a positive outlook on it.”
After consulting with guys who have kicked there before, Walsh has learned a few things. He said he doesn’t think the wind should impact field goals from inside 40 yards, but anything longer than 45 could be moved by the shifting winds.
While both teams will be at the same disadvantages when the season starts — especially late in the year — any studying the Vikings can get in now will only help.