Photo: Simon Guerra
So the Metrodome implodes under 2 feet of snow and frozen ice so a sad-sack Vikings team that is playing out the string has to play its last game at the Gophers home field, which itself is buried under 2 feet of snow and drifts up to 4 feet high. What could go wrong. Oh. It's one Monday night when then the temp at game time (8:00p) is slated to be around zero and only going down by time the game winds up at 11:00p.
So right now a crew is shoveling out the TCF Bank stadium and food service workers are de-winterizing the bathrooms and concessions
What is interesting is that the University plans for months for the football season. Traffic and security is in place, season ticket holders have designated and pre-paid parking, staff is instructed to stay away, games are on a low-traffic Saturday. Now Vikings and University officials have 5 days to plan, the snow has significantly reduced transportation and parking around the area, the Vikings have sold 14,000 more tickets than TCF holds, the Metrodome has 70 sold out suites, TCF has 35. Oh and the place doesn't serve booze. At least the semester will have ended and less students and faculty will be around.
So it's going to be a logistical nightmare. But it should be fun too. It will be interesting to see how hardy Minnesotans are with nearly 30 years of indoor football under their belt and the weather promising to be unforgiving. Also that the game is on Monday Night football means a national spotlight as well. In some respects it's the only thing that will bring interest to a team that is going nowhere. The Vikings should embrace the opportunity and make it an experience no one forgets.