“You worked hard to get here. You’re not going to let that stop you,” Eller implored Zimmer during a visit to Winter Park on Thursday morning.
Zimmer agreed, but the Vikings are taking precautions to help keep fans warm at Sunday’s wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The temperature at kickoff is expected to be around zero with subzero wind chills. Because of that, the Vikings are taking precautions and asking fans to be “extra cautious” in preparing for the cold.
- The team is distributing free hand warmers in the Fan Zone and at entry gates while also encouraging all fans to bring their own.
- Caribou Coffee will provide free coffee in the Fan Zone located on Oak Street outside TCF Bank Stadium.
- Mariucci Arena near TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus will be open starting at 9 a.m. as a “pregame warming house” for fans.
- Blankets (non-battery operated) will continue to be allowed inside the stadium.
“The Vikings are also encouraging fans to bring Styrofoam, cardboard or newspapers to place under their feet within the stadium, a popular and effective tactic that has worked in other outdoor markets,” the team said in a press release. “Fans should leave their seats and enter the concourses when they want a break from the elements.”
The current forecast for Sunday calls for a high temperature of 3 degrees and a low of minus-2 with west-northwest winds at 10 MPH, creating a wind chill below zero.
“We know Minnesotans are resilient when it comes to cold weather and unified when it comes to the Vikings, so we view this Sunday’s game as a rallying moment,” said Mark Wilf, Vikings owner/president. “At the same time, we want our fans to be smart and safe when they are supporting the team, and we are taking a few extra steps to assist in that effort this Sunday.”
Some tickets remained for the game as of late Thursday morning, available for purchase at the Vikings Ticket Office (located at 1010 South 7th Street, Suite 500 in Minneapolis) or by visiting vikings.com or ticketmaster.com online.