NFL: Still planning Vikes-Bears at college site

Published 10:52 am Thursday, December 16, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS  — The NFL says it is moving forward with plans to play Monday night’s Vikings-Bears game at the University of Minnesota despite concerns about the site.

TCF Bank Stadium wasn’t built to host a game this late in the year. That means potential problems with everything from frozen water pipes to a frozen field that could be unsafe for players. It’s smaller than the Metrodome, too, and some ticket holders will be left out.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday that the preferred plan is to keep the game in Minnesota after a weekend blizzard ruined the roof of the Metrodome.

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Colts owner Robert Irsay said on Twitter he’d be happy to host the game in Indianapolis if needed.