The home of the Gophers
After the Metrodome popped this weekend, the NFL needed to move the Bears' Monday night game with the Vikings. The powers-that-be decided to move the game to TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Here's what you need to know about the Bears playing at this stadium.
1. TCF Bank Stadium is brand new, opened before the 2009 season. It features the third largest HD screen in college football. The Bears already played in a 2009-opened stadium with an obscenely large video board: Cowboys Stadium. The Bears won that game 27-20.
3. This won't be the first time the Bears play in a Big 10 stadium. In 2002, the Bears played their home games Memorial Stadium in Champaign while Soldier Field was being renovated. Brian Urlacher, Olin Kreutz and Brad Maynard were all on that team. Urlacher had an All-Pro season.
4. The capacity of TCF is 50,805, nearly 15,000 less than the Metrodome, and nearly 10,000 less than Soldier Field.
5. If the Vikings feel cramped at the Metrodome, they'll only get spoiled at TCF Bank. It features the largest home locker room in all of college and pro football.
6. The new stadium has not improved the fortunes of Minnesota football. Since TCF Bank opened, the Golden Gophers are 9-15.
7. It's an outdoor stadium, and the predicted low temperature is three degrees, meaning that it could be one of the coldest games in Bears history. That record is two degrees.