The Vikings on Sunday are set to host their first outdoor playoff game since 1976 at TCF Bank Stadium. Tickets are available (for a pretty good price) if you want to search the web, and bundle up for that sub-zero wind chill that everybody's been talking about. Oh - didja hear? It's going to be cold.
If you're just looking to ge out of the house for the game, for a bit cheaper you could warm up your vehicle and saunter on over to any number of (heated) watering holes and cheer on the purple.
But what about fans of other teams? We're glad you asked.
Last fall we did a rival sports bars project on startribune.com and found some of the best places fans from rival teams gather to be among friends during their big games.
Let's take a look at this weekend's rival games:
Kansas City at Houston
3:20 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 5/ESPN
Where to watch: While we didn't come across a Texans-specific bar in our searches, might we suggest any of the Western-themed roadhouses around the metro. As for the Chiefs, Neisen's Sports Bar in Savage will likely have its usual army of red and gold and it's not uncommon to see them at Liquor Lyle's either
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
7:15 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 4
Where to watch: Bengals fans can order a drink, reserve a lane and watch their team among friends at Park Tavern in St. Park. Not a bad little Saturday. Steelers fans have long gathered on West. 7th St. in St. Paul. These days it's the upper level at McGoverns. It's a rare weekend dark night for the Xcel Energy Center - the Wild doesn't play until Sunday - so parking shouldn't be an issue.
Green Bay at Washington
3:40 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 9
Where to watch: Shocker, we know. There is no shortage of places to watch the Packers in the Twin Cities. (Yep - That's a 14-word sentence, with 14 different options for Packer Backers). Be nice, Vikings fans.
Enjoy the games wherever you watch. And if you're a Houston or Washington fan gathering as a big group - let us know where you're watching.