So much for watching the Vikes from the comfort of the living room couch.
Monday night's game against the New York Giants was not broadcast live in South Dakota, forcing Vikings fans to restaurants and bars to watch their favorite football team.
That's what Colin Herron, a Presentation College student from Groton, did. Usually, he's apt to spend Sunday afternoons watching the Vikings at home and maybe ordering a pizza. On Monday evening, though, a server at Wild Oats delivered his pizza moments before kickoff.
The Vikings are all but mandatory viewing, Herron said. When he heard the game was rescheduled, he pondered his options and, with a group of friends, headed downtown.
It's rare for a Vikings game not to be shown live on network or cable TV. The matchup with the Giants, originally scheduled for Sunday noon, was supposed to be broadcast locally on FOX.
But heavy snow caused the Metrodome's roof to tear, then deflate, and an avalanche of snow poured on the field below. As a result, the game was rescheduled for Monday night and moved to Detroit's Ford Field, home of the Lions.
Outside Minneapolis, Mankato and Rochester markets in Minnesota and the New York City and Albany markets in New York, only subscribers to DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package could watch the game live. Contract stipulations that protect ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast prevented that.
Several Aberdeen restaurants subscribe to Sunday Ticket to cater to football fans. Thank heaven, Vikings fans said.
Wild Oats worked well for Brent Neys of Aberdeen because he could take his 5-year-old son, Brady, to the restaurant for the game. Brent said he called a few businesses Monday afternoon to make sure they would get the Vikings broadcast.
At the same table were Brady Byram of Aberdeen and his stepchildren, Dawson Diede, 11, and, Maddie Diede, 9. Byram, Dawson Diede and Brent Neys went to the Vikings game against the Cowboys - Dawson's first - earlier this season.
Dawson and many others donned purple Vikings jerseys as they watched Monday's contest. Earlier this fall, he traded his Adrian Peterson jersey to a friend for a Randy Moss uniform only to see Minnesota trade Moss a week later. The turn of events didn't dampen Dawson's spirit, though.
If nothing else, the broadcast of the Vikings game, which the Giants won 21-3, was good for business at restaurants and taverns, Byram said.
So while some Vikings fans had to foot bar bills, most had less invested than Adam Hahler of Ashton. Hahler, his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Dylan, drove to the Twin Cities Friday - ahead of the bad weather - with plans to watch the Vikings and Giants at the Metrodome. Dylan turned 5 on Thursday, and the trip to see his first Vikings game was a birthday present.
Sadly, the trek was a bust. But the money spent on gas and a motel room wasn't the real concern, Hahler said. The toughest part was explaining to a disappointed Dylan that the game was rescheduled and moved, he said.
The only remaining Vikings home game this year is set for Dec. 20 against Chicago. Whether the Metrodome will be repaired in time is not yet known, so it likely will be next season before Dylan gets to watch the Vikes in person, Adam said.
He said he did get a notice from Ticketmaster that he will get a refund for the tickets.
Originally, the Hahlers planned to leave for Minneapolis Saturday and coming back after Sunday's game. Given the forecast, though, they left earlier.
After a winter storm left the Giants stranded in Kansas City Saturday night, the game was rescheduled for Monday night. At that time, Adam said, the family thought about driving back to Ashton Sunday because Jennifer had to work Monday, then he and Dylan returning to Minneapolis for the Monday night game. But when they woke up Sunday, the dome's roof had collapsed, and the game had to be moved.
The Hahlers didn't even get to see much in the Twin Cities, Adam said. They drove a couple of minutes from the motel to the Mall of America, but the conditions were so bad they didn't stay long, he said. They spent most of the weekend in the motel.
He said the upside is that the family made it to Minneapolis and back safely and that the roof ruptured early, not during the game. Adam said the family's tickets were in the Metrodome's upper level on the same side of the field the air-suspended Teflon roof tore.
The game was rebroadcast at 11 p.m. Monday on the NFL Network. Adam said he planned to record it and watch it today.