The Minnesota Vikings got a tour of the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, and, according to Chicago Breaking Sports, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe declared the field “unplayable” and “concrete” in a series of posts on his Twitter account.
After 11 tweets about the field conditions and replies to various Twitter followers, the NFL apparently muzzled Kluwe:
I’ve been asked not to tweet anymore about the field so as not to distract teammates (who were there) and I will honor that. Time for WoW.
If they keep the field heated, as a couple of the tweets noted, the snow that’s supposed to fall during the game may help cushion falls, to some extent. The Soldier Field surface that was coated with snow — or, for that matter, the field at Lambeau Field in Green Bay or Gillette Stadium in Foxboro or any other outdoor field in a cold weather city — can’t be much less hard than the FieldTurf with its padding underneath.
With snow and cold conditions and players somewhat skittish about playing on the field, tomorrow’s game could be fairly low-scoring.