Stadium update: Vikings to pay shovelers, TCF will provide shovels & shirts

by Andrew Baker

The Minnesota Vikings will pay whoever is willing to help shovel snow out of TCF Bank Stadium to get it ready for Monday night’s Vikings-Bears game, according to Gophers associate athletic director Scott Ellison.

The University had issued a release Tuesday soliciting help from volunteer shovelers, but made no mention of them being paid.

Today though, Ellison confirmed that the Vikings will pay $10 per hour to anyone willing to help out.

The university will accept shovelers from Thursday through Sunday.

Workers are asked to show up at the stadium’s Lincoln County entrance at 8:00 a.m., noon or 4:00 p.m. any of those days.

TCF spokesman Jason Korstange said the bank has purchased 700 shovels that should arrive at the stadium Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and noon. In addition, shovelers will receive a free t-shirt reading, “I shoveled the bank.”

Workers must be at least 18 years old.

The Metrodome’s roof caved in Sunday morning after a two-day blizzard that dumped 17 inches of snow on the Twin Cities. The Vikings confirmed Tuesday that the facility would not be ready in time for Monday night’s game, but that they were determined to keep the game in Minneapolis.