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Gophers say field in 'great shape'

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Vikings off the field Updated: December 17, 2010 - 2:00 PM

University of Minnesota officials issued a press release Friday afternoon updating the progress at TCF Bank Stadium in preparation for Monday's game.

The school said 90 percent of the playing surface has been cleared and that the field is in "great shape."

Here is the full press release with details:

As of 11 a.m. (CST) Friday morning, 90 percent of the playing surface had been cleared. Efforts to prepare the field were under way as well.
 
Associate Athletics Director Scott Ellison said after removal of the snow that he was impressed with the initial condition of the field.
                                                                                                      
“Because the field has been under a blanket of snow and at a constant temperature since last week’s storm, the playing surface is in great shape,” Ellison said. “In fact, because we have not had that constant freezing and thawing that we had prior to the Iowa game (November 27), the field is actually in better shape today than it was for the Gophers’ season finale against the Hawkeyes.”
 
According to Ellison, once the snow is completely cleared, a tarp will be placed over the playing surface with heaters underneath to maintain the current good conditions.
 
“We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the University of Minnesota, the Vikings and the Bears in preparing the field for Monday night,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson.  “We are looking forward to an outstanding game on a quality field.”
 
University officials will continue to work with NFL staff on the ground in Minneapolis, along with Vikings and Bears personnel, throughout the weekend to ensure optimum field conditions for the Monday night game.
 

 

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