Propane heat plays key role in NFL playoff game

January 11, 2016 By    
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms his hands in front of a propane heater.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms his hands in front of a propane heater.

Quality Propane, an Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) company based in Burnsville, Minn., played a key role Sunday in heating the field and keeping the sidelines warm for the NFL playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

With negative game-time temperatures anticipated for the noon kickoff, the host Vikings partnered with Quality Propane to prepare the frozen field and keep players, coaches and others on the sidelines warm. The Quality Propane team worked around the clock to help create a playable, non-frozen surface, according to General Manager Russ Head.

Heat is already piped underneath the stadium turf as needed, Head says. In Sunday’s instance, propane heat was also needed to prevent moisture from icing on the playing surface.

“It’s an honor to partner with the Minnesota Vikings to provide warmth against the cold winds of winter,” Head says. “Of course, this is the same energy and service we provide all the time to families and businesses, but the opportunity to play a small role in the Vikings’ game-day preparations is special. We’re all big Vikings fans, and we look forward to a long relationship.”

When kickoff arrived Sunday, the game temperature was measured at minus-6 degrees. The wind chill was measured at minus-25. The recorded air temperature made the game the coldest in Vikings history and the third-coldest in league history.

Sunday’s game, which Seattle won, 10-9, wasn’t the first time Quality Propane served the Vikings. Quality Propane was asked on short notice in December 2010 to heat TCF Bank Stadium for a playoff game following a roof collapse at the Metrodome, the Vikings’ former home. Quality Propane has provided heat to TCF Bank Stadium over the last five years.

“We consider Quality Propane to be a valued member of our family of EDP companies,” says Mark Zimora, director of U.S. operations at EDP. “The high level of expertise and exceptional customer service that the Quality Propane team brings to these types of special events is ‎the same dedication and level of commitment that all of our EDP operations bring to their customers and their communities.”

For more propane-related photos from Sunday’s game, visit LP Gas on Facebook.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the senior editor of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at or 216-706-3724.

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