Vik­ings fans brave win­ter weather

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS -

Ther­mal un­der­wear, check. Turtle­neck and sweater, check. Wind pants, gloves, ab­so­lutely. In­su­lated boots and hooded jacket — with Vik­ings logo — done.

With mem­o­ries of win­ter games at the old Metropoli­tan Sta­dium, Ellen Swan­son and tens of thou­sands of Min­nesota Vik­ings fans bun­dled up for an un­usual and highly an­tic­i­pated Mon­day night foot­ball game pre­ceded by a driv­ing snow­storm against the ri­val Bears.

“It’s not even that cold out here,” Swan­son said with a laugh out­side TCF Bank Sta­dium a few hours be­fore kick­off on the 29th an­niver­sary of the Vik­ings’ last out­door game.

It was about 20 de­grees and windy.

“This is foot­ball how it should be,” Swan­son said.

Vik­ings’ QB Brett Favre

As­so­ci­ated Press photo by Andy King

Fans line up out­side the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota’s TCF Bank Sta­dium the game be­tween the Vik­ings and the Chicago Bears on Mon­day. The game was played at the out­door sta­dium be­cause of dam­age to the Metrodome roof.

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