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Associated Press, Published December 16 2010

Slow start for shoveling Vikings' backup stadium

MINNEAPOLIS — Some would-be shovelers are giving up on being part of the snow-clearing crew at the University of Minnesota stadium that may be the site of Monday night's Bears-Vikings game.

The Star Tribune reports hundreds of people showed up as early as 6 a.m. Thursday to help clear snow at TCF Bank Stadium. Shovelers are being paid for the work.

But some recruits turned away when the line was slow to move. A university spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Clearing snow from the stadium isn't the biggest issue. The stadium wasn't built to host games this late in the year, and the cold means potential problems for everything from a frozen playing surface to frozen water pipes.

The Vikings were forced to look for an alternate site when a blizzard caused the Metrodome roof to collapse.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.