Cue the snow: Bears-Vikings take it outside

Published 3:39 pm Monday, December 20, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — The snow is falling again on the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings and their fans prepare for a return to outdoor pro football in the Twin Cities.

The Vikings and the Chicago Bears are scheduled to kick off their Monday night game at 7:30 in the open-air Gophers stadium. They were forced across town after heavy snow caused the Metrodome’s roof to collapse earlier this month.

Campus officials spent the last week clearing snow out of the stadium, but it was falling again Monday afternoon with 3 to 5 inches forecast by game time. Fans with tickets are expected to start lining up by 4 p.m. to get a general admission seat.

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The Vikings played their last outdoor game in Minnesota exactly 29 years ago.