The debate over Monday night's game being moved to TCF Bank Stadium raged on Friday when Lance Briggs spoke with reporters.
The veteran linebacker made it clear that he prefers the game be moved to another NFL venue instead of playing at the University of Minnesota's home field.
"When you're playing on a surface similar to what I'm standing on right now, it's everything," Briggs said, referring to the carpeted but otherwise hard floor inside the press room at Halas Hall. "Anyone falling. Anyone slipping. A lot of guys, we all have families, we all want to protect ourselves, and if it's more based on fan base or how many more fans are going to be there who are from Chicago than Minnesota, than I just don't agree with it.
"You play the game. Regardless if it's the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota Vikings or not, we didn't build their arena. We didn't build that stadium over there. It collapsed. So the next thing is to go to a stadium that is sufficient, like the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, anywhere, St. Louis Rams. Anywhere like that. But that's not what we're doing."
Players main concern is that the artificial turf field will be frozen solid and will put players at greater risk for concussions and other injuries. The NFL plans to inspect the field later today.
Unlike other fields in cold-weather NFL stadiums, there are no heating coils under the field at TCF Bank Stadium. Workers are expected to thaw the field with heaters before placing a thermal tarp over it to prevent it from freezing again.
"Snow boots," Briggs said when asked if he planned on wearing special shoes. "You know, the boots with the tennis rackets on the bottom. Those are the ones right there. Cross country skis."
Keeping the game in Minnesota allows more season-ticket holders to go, although it will be interesting to see how many show up in what is expected to be frigid conditions. Either way, Briggs said he wasn't unsympathetic to the Vikings' financial concerns, but said the move to TCF could end up costing the franchise either way.
"They're taking a hit regardless," he said. "They're taking a hit even playing there. But what's the point of playing there if Adrian Peterson goes down with a career-ending injury? He's a running back. Guys are going to be sliding all over the place. You never know. It could cost you in a bunch of different ways."