VU Daily Blog: 12/15/10

Wednesday was all about the preparation of TCF Bank Stadium to host its first NFL game, as long as it's ready on time. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 AT 22:29:00

Metrodome suffers another break

The Metrodome is out of commission and won't be used for the Vikings again this season. That much is for sure. And it's a good thing, too.

A fourth panel of the Metrodome roof ripped late afternoon Wednesday, according to Fox 9. No one was injured and workers were quickly pulled from the field until the situation can be assessed again.

It's just another sign of the poor state of the facility that will be rendered inoperable for the second straight Vikings game, leaving team officials scrambling to try to make TCF Bank Stadium work in hosting their Monday Night Football Game against the Chicago Bears, despite that stadium coming up about 13,000 seats short of the Metrodome's capacity.

Republican senator Julie Rosen took the opportunity to say on Wednesday that she would be introducing a bill in late January to get the legislation started for a new Vikings stadium.

Meanwhile, workers at TCF Bank Stadium continue to clear snow in an attempt to get that stadium ready for action. While everyone seems confident it will host the game Monday night, the NFL hasn't officially announced that, waiting to see how things come together in the coming days. To add to the frustration and uncertainty, a few inches of snow is a possibility on Thursday.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 AT 19:27:00

Volunteers for shoveling turn into paid workers

The University of Minnesota changed its request from "volunteers" to "workers" in looking for people to help shovel out TCF Bank Stadium; in other words, those helping will be paid for their work and temporary agencies will be signing people up outside the stadium before the three shifts – 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. – on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The other change is that they are asking for people to bring their own scoop shovel now.

The Vikings and university are continue to work on getting the stadium ready to play a Monday night game there between the Vikings and Chicago Bears after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow just after 5 a.m. Sunday.

Workers clearing snow must be 18 years of age and must bring a driver's license or state identification card and a social security card or passport to sign up to work. Workers may also bring a scoop shovel and should wear proper winter outdoor attire. Parking will be provided free of charge for workers in Lot 37, located just north of Mariucci Arena on Southeast 5th Street.

For more information on helping with the snow removal at TCF Bank Stadium, please call 612-626-4110.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 AT 12:53:00

‘U' officials asking for volunteers to shovel

The University of Minnesota has released information for volunteers interested in helping with snow removal at TCF Bank Stadium in preparation for Monday night's Vikings-Bears game.

Volunteers will be accepted at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No volunteer help is being requested or accepted today. Volunteers should gather outside the Lincoln County entrance to TCF Bank Stadium at the times listed above.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age and are encouraged to wear proper outdoor attire. Shovels will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own shovel if they wish.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 AT 12:44:00

Peterson fourth overall in Pro Bowl balloting

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is fourth overall – and the top running back – in Pro Bowl voting among fans on NFL.com.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leads with 981,687 votes, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady second with 947,194 votes and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning third with 806,025 votes.

Peterson has 736,603 votes and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rounds out the top five with 690,619 votes.

Balloting concludes Monday following the Vikings-Bears Monday Night Football game. The teams will be announced at 6 p.m. Central Tuesday.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters. Players and coaches will cast their votes on December 22-23.

The Vikings' Steve Hutchinson leads NFC guards with 158,204 votes and Heath Farwell leads NFC specialists with 136,108 votes.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 AT 10:04:00

University officials start snow-removal process

TCF Bank Stadium was set to go into a long winter's slumber, but it is being arisen from its hibernation after its first season of use for the Minnesota Gophers.

The Vikings are planning to move their Monday night game with the Chicago Bears to "The Bank" after the Metrodome roof collapsed on Sunday morning and forced last Monday's game to be moved to Detroit.

"We're focusing on all the snow that's in the stadium. We're just trying to get all the snow out, which is pretty deep in some areas – up to four or five feet," Scott Ellison, University of Minnesota associate athletics director, told Fox Sports North on Tuesday. "We had 17 inches last weekend and we're supposed to get another five inches (Wednesday). We're trying to develop our plan and we're starting the process of removing snow from the stadium."

Vikings players are also starting to prepare themselves for a cold-weather game.

"It's going to be cold. The stadium itself is not my concern, it's the weather," linebacker Ben Leber told FS North. "As cold as it's been and as cold as it's going to be at night, I don't know how the wind travels through there, but I'm sure there's going to be some blowing wind. That's never fun to play in. … Nobody likes to be that cold and that uncomfortable."

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