If you plan on attending the Seattle Seahawks-Minnesota Vikings NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCF Bank Stadium, you may want to bring a jacket. A heavy jacket. And gloves. And hand warmers.
The first outdoor playoff game in Minnesota since 1976 could be a very cold one https://t.co/jtl7t7LobF
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 6, 2016
The playoff matchup is set to likely be the last outdoor NFL game played in Minnesota and forecasters are calling for a high of zero degrees, with Weather.com predicting a high of zero, a low of minus-10, and 11 mph winds. Even in Minnesota, that’s frigid, especially when you’re sitting still watching a game.
To put the rock bottom temperature in perspective, the coldest Vikings playoff game ever recorded was in 1970, when it was nine degrees against the Chicago Bears. However, a 1972 game between the two was minus-two per ProFootballTalk.
The game will be the first outdoor playoff matchup in Minnesota since 1976 when the Vikings beat the Rams in the NFC championship game. For reference, the temperature that day was 12 degrees.
The game will likely be the last ever NFL game at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota’s new stadium, U.S Bank Stadium, is expected to be completed for the start of the 2016 season and doesn’t have a retractable roof. Instead, it has an ETFE roof which is a transparent lid and sort of the best of both worlds.
The Vikings will take on the Seahawks this Sunday at 12:05 PM CST.