The Vikings held a walk-through a TCF Bank Stadium late Sunday morning in advance of their Monday Night Football showdown with the Chicago Bears. Crews have been working day and night the past week to get the stadium ready, a process that included the removal of 40,000 cubic yards of snow from the stands and field.
Many have been skeptical in the past week about the viability of playing at TCF Bank Stadium this Monday night, with much of the skepticism regarding field conditions. But after taking his team through Sunday’s exercise on the field, Frazier sounded confident in the work that had been done on the field and in the stadium.
“A great job by the people that have worked on it all week long,” Frazier said. “It really seems to me that there are going to be safe conditions. It’s not something that our players have to be concerned about. We can just go out and play football, so it should be good for both teams.”
Frazier was a member of the Chicago Bears from 1981-86 and has played cold-weather games against the Vikings at Soldier Field. Given that fact and also the fact that the Vikings will be celebrating 50 seasons of history, Frazier says Monday night’s game might have an old-school feel to it.
“It’s going to be great for our players, great for our fans,” he said. “First time having an outdoor game here in 29 years for the Vikings. I think our players will embrace that as the game goes on; they’ll be into it.”
Frazier has never hesitated to mention the role Vikings fans can play in a game, specifically when the Vikings are playing at home. With Mall of America Field as their home stadium, the Vikings have enjoyed a tremendous home-field advantage throughout the years. Frazier is looking forward to his team feeding off the energy from the fans on Monday night.
“The energy from our fans when we run out onto the field, that’s really going to get guys’ adrenaline going and get them pumped up,” Frazier said. “It’s different, when you’re on the road and you’re in that atmosphere. But when you’re at home, it just gives you a boost when the fans get loud and all of a sudden things that concerned you before don’t concern you as much.”
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The Vikings will hold their weekly walk-through today and they’ll conduct the exercise at TCF Bank Stadium, giving coaches and players their first look at the venue that will host Monday night’s game between Minnesota and Chicago. We’ll be sure to get thoughts from players and Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier.
Snow removal was a huge part of getting TCF Bank Stadium ready to host Monday night’s game. Here are a few interesting facts regarding how much snow was removed from the stadium over the last week or so.
– The amount of snow cleared would fill the field with snow 20 feet deep.
– 40,000 cubic yards of snow were removed.
– If you were to put the snow on a normal city sidewalk, it would be 3 feet deep for 65 miles.
– Clearing the snow took 15,000 man-hours and 700 shovels were donated for the effort.
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