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Thursday, December 16, 2010
TCF BankWatch: (Mostly) open seating

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I'll say this much about the ticket plan the Minnesota Vikings have come up with for Monday night's game if it's played at TCF Bank Stadium: It's simple.

Festival seating.

First-come, first-served.

A ticket does not guarantee a seat.

And no booze in the stadium.

Stampede, anyone?

The details: If you have a lower-bowl ticket at the Metrodome, you will have access to the lower bowl at TCF Bank Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. ET for the 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

If you have an upper-bowl ticket at the Metrodome, you will have access to the upper bowl at TCF Bank Stadium. Gates for that grouping open at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Fans with tickets will be turned away once each bowl fills. The team has sold about 62,000 tickets. TCF Bank Stadium holds about 50,000.

Not interested? Partial refunds -- $77 for lower bowl tickets, $29 for those in the upper bowl -- will be granted to season ticket holders who return their tickets to the Vikings by Saturday. Single-game ticket holders will get credit via TicketMaster. Any difference in ticket price will be applied to 2011 season ticket packages. As of this posting, I'm not sure what to tell people who get turned away at the stadium.

In times like these, I'm reminded of the great Gorilla Monsoon line: "Pandemonium has broken loose in the ring!"

In all seriousness, the simplicity of this plan -- show up and get in if you can -- will make it much easier for the Vikings to shift locations when an "unforeseen" hurdle forces the Vikings to abandon TCF Bank Stadium for, say, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. More to come.