Vikings, NFL prepare college stadium

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EDEN PRARIE, MN - The Metrodome's collapsed roof will not be fixed in time for Monday's Vikings-Bears game, so Minnesota has turned its attention elsewhere.

A day after they were forced to play a "home" game against the Giants at Detroit's Ford Field, the Vikings said they were working with the NFL and University of Minnesota on preparing TCF Bank Stadium -- home of the Gophers' football team.

The Vikings, committed to giving their fans a true home-game experience against NFC North rival Chicago, said preparation of Minnesota's stadium is "fully underway."

"University officials have told us they will make every reasonable effort to ensure the stadium will be ready for Monday night," the team said in a release.

"The league office is assisting our staff and the university to ensure the stadium is safe for our fans and meets the primary technical requirements for an NFL game."

The Gophers' home field is located just a couple miles from the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

The Vikings lost 21-3 to New York on Monday in a game that was re-scheduled because the Giants were grounded by a snow storm and re-located when the inflatable roof on the Metrodome collapsed early Sunday.


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