No dome sweet dome, but Vikings stay at home

It’s not dome sweet dome for the Minnesota Vikings, but it will be home sweet home.

Sort of.

The Minnesota Vikings will host the Chicago Bears on Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus at the University of Minnesota after it was determined damage to the roof of the Metrodome was too extensive to be repaired in time for the team’s final home game of the season.

So, snow removal has begun at the stadium they call the Bank, and provided the facility passes an NFL inspection, it will be used. The venue seats approximately 14,000 less than the Metrodome, so not everyone will be able to attend the game. But it’s a far more appealing option for the Vikings than hosting the game out of state and having to offer full refunds.

The Vikings have not played an outdoor home game in more than three decades. If the long-range forecast is accurate, it will be brutally cold for the game. The projected high that day is 22 with an overnight low of 4.

The Vikings have no idea who their quarterback will be and the Bears could potentially be playing to wrap up the NFC North if the New England Patriots defeat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Hardly a night to honor the 50 year anniversary of the organization, but that is what was planned long in advance. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was expected to attend the game at the Metrodome. It’s not known if he’ll be at the Bank. If he is, expect it to be a grand opportunity for the NFL to make a public push for a new stadium in the Twin Cities.

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