"I would say there will be a game here Monday night," Scott Ellison, the Gophers' associate athletic director, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Lets just say its an uphill battle. More snow is in the forecast. The water pipes at TCF Bank Stadium have been shut off since November when the Gophers ended their football season.
The field is frozen and removing the ice might damage the FieldTurf surface.
Now comes word that the Chicago Bears may protest playing the game outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium.
Bears safety Chris Harris tweeted, "Players have concerns of traction n the impact of falling on surface that could be as hard as asphalt. What if ur head hits it."
The NFL has not officially said where the game will be played. A domed stadium is likely but Vikings don't want to move the game to St. Louis or any other Midwest locale with a dome because of the Bears large regional fan base.
The Chicago Tribune is citing a source who spoke on a condition of anonymity that if the game isn't played in Minnesota the likely destination is Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
The big reason why the Bears - Vikings game might go to Atlanta is because ESPN has a Monday night game in the Georgia Dome the next week.
Since the OSG HQ is in Atlanta and if they give away tickets like in Detroit, we are there.
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