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Associated Press, Published December 18 2010

TCF Bank Stadium preparation nearly complete

MINNEAPOLIS – The finishing touches are being put on TCF Bank Stadium for the Bears-Vikings game on Monday night.

University of Minnesota spokesman Garry Bowman says the tarp and heating system were put in place Saturday to protect the field. More than 1,500 workers have moved 40,000 cubic yards of snow from the stadium over four days to get it ready.

Vikings chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix says the team remains “very confident” all ticket-holders will get in. Based on returns and feedback, they’re expecting a turnout of just under the stadium’s normal capacity of 50,000 people.

Williams Arena will be open across the street for fans to keep warm before queuing up for the first-come, first-served seating. Free coffee and hand-warmers also will be distributed.