The Vikings have announced the ticket policy and information for next Monday night's game vs. the Bears, which will be played at TCF Bank Stadium following the collapse of the Metrodome's roof last Sunday due to a snowstorm.
Fans with tickets to the game will not be guaranteed a seat, as TCF Bank Stadium (the home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers) holds about 13,000 fewer seats than the Dome. It will be general seating on a first-come, first-served policy, based on where the original ticket was located (upper or lower deck). Fans who do not get a seat will receive a full refund or Ticketmaster credit.
The team and university also announced that there will not be alcohol served at the game, as the stadium is on a college campus, and no outside food or beverages will be allowed into the stadium.
Both Vikings and Bears players have expressed concern about playing at the stadium, which has been unused since mid-November and has accumulated snow and ice in recent weeks. The team could have relocated the game to a different pro stadium but wanted the game in Minneapolis for a variety of reasons, one of them being that this is the weekend the team is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
"This is a difficult situation with no easy solution, so we greatly appreciate our fans' patience in this process," said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings vice president of sales and marketing and chief marketing officer, in the team's announcement. "We are making every effort to accommodate as many Vikings fans as possible and play a home game here in Minnesota. We're excited about celebrating the 50th season with a return to outdoor football."
The way we see it
There was no easy way for the Vikings to solve this problem, though playing at TCF Bank Stadium seems to make the most sense based on the circumstances. It is unfortunate for the fans who will not be able to make it inside the stadium due to the limited seating, but it is better than playing the game in Atlanta, where there would be almost no fan support for either team.