107618349 NFL: Still planning Vikes Bears at college site

Heavy machinery removes snow from the field as TCF Bank Stadium prepares for a potential monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Preparations are due to the collapsed roof at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

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

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press


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