The speculation is over. The Vikings will play the Bears at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium on Monday.
This news comes courtesy of 1500 ESPN’s Cory Roufs, who tweets that an engineers confirms the Metrodome won’t be ready for next Monday’s game. Like Andy wrote earlier, that means the University of Minnesota will be the place to be.
Which means that fans who are planning to go should bundle up, because it’s going to be rather chilly outside (hey, this is what happens when you live in Minnesota during the winter months).
And just because we want to show it again, here’s the reason why the Metrodome can’t host the game. You know, in case you forgot.
UPDATED (8:38 p.m.): Statement from the Vikings:
We are committed to playing Monday night's game in Minnesota in front of our fans. With Mall of America Field at the Metrodome now unavailable, we have turned our full attention to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. We have been in close contact with the University and the NFL office since last weekend. Preparation of the stadium is fully underway and University officials have told us they will make every reasonable effort to ensure the stadium will be ready for Monday night. The league office is assisting our staff and the University to ensure the stadium is safe for our fans and meets the primary technical requirements for an NFL game. We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the University of Minnesota and look forward to completing preparations for the game and turning this into a memorable experience for the State of Minnesota and Vikings fans.
More information will follow for those who hold tickets to the Vikings-Bears game.
So, uh, what happens if that "reasonable effort" isn't good enough?
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