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REPORT: Monday Night Football Will Feature Bears And Vikings Playing Outdoors At TCF Bank Stadium

A report from the Fox Television affiliate in Minneapolis says that the Bears/Vikings game scheduled for next Monday night, Dec. 20 at the Metrodome has officially been scheduled to be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

No official announcement has come from the NFL or the Vikings yet, but the Fox-9 report says that the repairs to the Metrodome roof won’t be done in time for the game, so the Vikings will play outdoors at home for the first time since 1981.

There is still a lot of work to be done at TCF Bank Stadium to prepare for the game; four-foot drifts of snow have to be removed, and the stadium, which was winterized after the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ last home game last month, needs to be brought up to speed with concession stands and other facilities made ready for weather the stadium was not designed for.

We’ll update this StoryStream™ when the official announcement is made, as well as have information on how the Vikings will handle ticketing; TCF Bank Stadium seats about 13,000 fewer than the Metrodome.