MINNEAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Crews are putting the finishing touches 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 the outdoor stadium winterized for frigid temperatures, expected to hover around zero degrees.
A Vikings spokesperson says the marketing team remains "very confident" all ticket-holders will get in. They are expecting just under 50,000 people to attend the game, which is right at normal capacity for the Minnesota Gophers' stadium.
Williams Arena will be open across the street for fans to keep warm before lining up for the first-come, first-served seating. Fans will also receive free coffee and hand-warmers.
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