Vikings play-by-play voice Paul Allen said today on his radio show that the Bears may file a protest with the league over playing at TCF Bank Stadium, according to profootballtalk.com. On his daily show on KFAN, Allen said the Bears primary concern is a potentially frozen field that could result in injuries to players.
TCF Bank Stadium was never intended as a winter sports venue but is the best alternative to the Metrodome if the game is to remain in the Twin Cities, which the Vikings prefer after playing their last game against the Giants at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night.
"When you say 'home game,' you'd like it to be at the Metrodome and in front of our fans, and we feel we have a tremendous advantage when we play at home," Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said. "To go to Detroit, it was great to see the number of people that showed up, and what the Lions organization and league did to pull that together in a short time. But it wasn't the same as being at the Metrodome by any means, so you just have to make the most of the situation."
There are also reports that the game could be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, thus allowing ESPN to televise back-to-back "Monday Night Football" games from the same venue.
Frazier said TCF was the likely site during his conference call with Chicago media on Thursday morning.
"They're still going through some things to make sure but it's probably about an 80-90 percent chance that's where we're going to be," he said. "[I'm] not sure of alternatives. I'm not certain where we'd end up."