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Vikings fans asked to help with snow shovels at the U

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A view of the collapsed Metrodome roof... photo by Paul Masiello A view of the collapsed Metrodome roof... photo by Paul Masiello
Snow blankets the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday evening Snow blankets the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday evening
Vikings fans have a big challenge ahead -- clearing the seats at TCF Bank Stadium Vikings fans have a big challenge ahead -- clearing the seats at TCF Bank Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC-DT/AP) -- Vikings fans are being asked to help dig out the University of Minnesota campus stadium in time for Monday night's Vikings game with the Chicago Bears.

Workers are scrambling to remove snow from bleachers, concourses and the field at TCF Bank Stadium. The university will host the NFL game because the snow-damaged Metrodome roof won't be fixed in time.

The problem is that snow is piled up at the stadium in five-foot drifts in some areas.

The university says it will take shoveling volunteers every day from Thursday through Sunday. The school will even provide the shovels if necessary.

Catch the latest on the NFL's inspection of TCF Bank Stadium, and the plans to get it ready on time for Monday's game with Chicago, with KTTC Sports Director Pat Lund tonight at 6 on the NewsCenter.

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