Daily Archives: 28 December 2015

The Bank

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Outside TCF Bank Stadium
Walking up to TCF Bank Stadium

My Dad had season tickets to the Minnesota Vikings for years, starting in 1969 at the old Met Stadium in Bloomington. It had been years since I was at a Vikings game, and it was December 20, 1981 when I was last at an outdoor home game.

Four of us ventured out to TCF Bank Stadium, temporary home of the Vikings, for the last regular season home game Sunday night. Potentially, the last home game to be held outside for the foreseeable future.

Warm-ups at The Bank
Warm-ups at The Bank

I really enjoyed being at a Vikings game without a teflon roof over my head, in spite of it being 14 degrees at kickoff. Being on the campus of the University of Minnesota lent a more collegiate atmosphere to the event, and the Vikes made the most of it. The defense led the slaughter, as the Vikings beat the New York Giants 49-17, and it wasn’t that close.

Harrison Smith pick six vs NYG
Photo credit: : Adam Bettcher/Getty Images North America

Minnesota safety Harrison Smith had his 12th interception of his career and his forth pick six in the win. How is this guy not in the Pro Bowl?