December 31, 2017 06:22 PM
Thousands of Minnesota Vikings fans braved the bitter cold Sunday morning for the team's regular season finale at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The coldest morning of the year in Minneapolis didn't stop fans from setting up their elaborate tailgates in the Downtown East parking lots. In fact, dozens of fans like Robb Dobesh showed up before sunrise to assemble tents, heaters and grills ahead of the noon showdown against the NFC North's last-place Chicago Bears.
Dobesh's tailgate came complete with four tents and a bus, kept warm with several propane heaters and a fire pit. Even the floors of Dobesh's setup were covered with carpets and as many rugs his crew of 50 could find.
"We're staying warm in here," Dobesh said. "The last game we had it this cold was out at TCF Bank Stadium against the Seahawks, but the good thing today is we get to go inside and warm up."
Across the parking lot from Dobesh was Adam Kautz, who came with his friends from New Richmond, Wisconsin. Aside from a heater and a portable ice fishing shelter, Kautz's tailgate was right in the crisp, open air. Kautz came well prepared for the occasion.
"I got four pairs of pants on, three sweaters on and my Vikings gear," Kautz said with a laugh. "The beer helps, too."
Updated: December 31, 2017 06:22 PM
Created: December 31, 2017 11:09 AM
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