It’s only appropriate that the Vikings-Bears game this Monday night was the game chosen to celebrate and honor 50 seasons of Vikings history as well as the 50 Greatest Vikings of all-time because the game will be played outdoors. It will be the first time the Vikings have played an outdoor home game since the final game at Met Stadium on December 20, 1981.
“I’m delighted,” former Vikings TE Stu Voigt said on Friday. “It’s one of those deals where it will be just like old-school football. I think fans will embrace the outdoor game and the weather, and I also think it’s fitting that the 50th celebration is involved, too. Monday night will bring up memories of Metropolitan Stadium and the way football should be played.”
Voigt certainly is not the only former Vikings player or Minnesotan who is looking forward to the Vikings and Bears, old division rivals, lacing them up for an outdoor game in December.
“Football is meant to be played outdoors,” former Vikings LB Matt Blair proclaimed over the phone. “Weather shapes the event and there’s nothing better than football outside in this kind of element. If it’s cold, it’s cold. If it snows, it snows. If it’s warm, it’s warm. But football should be played outside and Monday night is going to be fun.”
Blair also brought up another good point, and one that both players and fans should consider.
“I’ll tell you,” he said, “it’s all mental. You don’t get used to the cold, you deal with it.”
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