Vikings-Bears game will be played in Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings are hopeful that the Metrodome roof can be repaired before Monday night’s game with the Chicago Bears, but if it cannot be fixed, the game will still be played in the Land of 10,000 lakes.

The Vikings are working with the NFL and officials at the University of Minnesota to prepare TCF Bank Stadium on the school’s campus. Significant work needs to be done, including massive snow removal. It is an outdoor stadium that seats approximately 50,000 fans, 14,000 less than the Metrodome. Still, playing in a smaller venue is preferred to giving up another home game and heading out of state.

“The Minnesota Vikings are working diligently with the University of Minnesota and the NFL on preparing TCF Bank Stadium in the event that Mall of America Field at the Metrodome will not be ready for Monday night’s Vikings-Bears game,” the Vikings said in a team release. “Their cooperation has been tremendous.

“The Vikings are committed to ensuring a home game in Minnesota for our fans. We will continue to update fans and media as the process moves forward, but at this time no further information is available.”

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