For Vikings fans, a rare return to frigid football
MINNEAPOLIS: Minnesotans often brag about surviving the state's brutal winters, but for the past three decades, their pro football team has played in the shielded warmth of the Metrodome. With that stadium's roof torn apart by the same elements it was supposed to protect against, Vikings fans are preparing for an icy flashback.
The Vikings host the Chicago Bears Monday night at the University of Minnesota's outdoor TCF Bank Stadium. With temperatures forecast in the single digits, veteran fans who survived bitterly cold games at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington are sharing this friendly advice for their younger comrades: Gear up.
"I never owned a snowmobile, but you better believe I had a snowmobile suit and I wore it to every one of those games," said Minneapolis attorney Frank Abramson, whose family has owned Vikings season tickets since 1962. Besides those timelessly unfashionable winter onepieces, Abramson said most fans wrapped their lower halves in "stadium bags," which he describes as "a sort of half-sleeping bag type of thing that kept your butt warm." "They came with their snowmobile suits - it looked like something out of a cartoon. Icicles hanging from their nostrils." -Afp