Moving is never fun, but this is just down right cold. How do you move 120+ yards of snow 17-inches deep with drifts five-feet high from a college football stadium in just 5 days? Loaders, dump trucks, 400 crew members, shovels, blowers and a lot of patience.
As of Wednesday, 26 dump trucks full of snow had been removed from the TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. Crews, including volunteers from the area, are continuing to work feverishly to prepare the stadium for Monday night’s Minnesota Vikings – Chicago Bears NFL game. Last weekend’s snowstorm that blasted the region collapsed a portion of the Metrodome, the Vikings’ regular home field, leaving the already-winterized TCF Bank Stadium as the most viable option on short notice.
And the price tag to prepare the stadium for this single NFL football game? $700,000. The NFL and Vikings are picking up the tab.
Aside from the game being just 4+ days away, the biggest concern remains: Will there be beer sales? College stadiums are adult beverage-free zones, but no doubt, someone will find a loop hole somewhere. Mind you, they won’t need to worry about refrigeration: Overnight lows on Monday are forecasted to be near zero, with a windchill of minus-15.
I don’t know. If I’m the Vikings, at 5-8 with just three games left in an otherwise disappointing and distracted season, I’d probably just call this one in.