As a result of playing in the Metrodome until last season, the Minnesota Vikings haven't had to worry about playing in cold temperatures at home for a long time. However, that will change this season, when they will play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is under construction.
The Vikings will need to brace for eight more cold-weather games on the schedule for the next two years, a process that may take extra preparation for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who hasn't played many games in frigid weather. In fact, Bridgewater has only played in 11 games in temperatures below 50 degrees, and his statistics suffered during those. But the former Louisville product doesn't see the cold as a concern, according to the Star Tribune.
“I think it won't be a big adjustment at all,” he said. “I think we'll be able to use that to our advantage here in Minnesota. It's a mental thing and I'll just block it out and continue to play.”
The coldest game Bridgewater ever participated in was 34 degrees, which in the heart of Minnesota winter might seem like bikini weather to locals. Bridgewater wore his famed glove throughout his college career, so he might want to reinforce it a bit against the biting winter weather he'll be dealing with during the first two years of his Vikings career.