Workers blow snow off the field at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium in preparation for the Vikings-Bears game on Monday night.
Workers blow snow off the field at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium in preparation for the Vikings-Bears game on Monday night. Ann Heisenfelt/AP
The Minnesota Vikings are playing an outdoor game at home for the first time in 29 years on a very snowy Monday night in Minneapolis. ESPN reports that the game-time temperature is forecast at 19 degrees with a minus-1 windchill.
The game was moved to the University of Minnesota's 50,000 TCF Bank Stadium after the roof of the 64,000 seat Metrodome collapsed under the weight of a heavy snowfall on December 11.
The Star Tribune reports that fans lined up in the cold to get the best seats in the house:
At the stadium, the gates opened at 5 p.m. Before then, fans had queued up, patiently awaiting the chance to get to seats that were available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 8:30 p.m. ET game pits the 9-4 Bears against the 5-8 Vikings, the first- and third-place teams in the NFC North division.
Update on Tuesday morning: The Bears won 40-14, taking the NFC North title.