For Vik­ings fans, a rare re­turn to frigid foot­ball

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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