About Minnesota Vikings
History of the Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960, and played their first season in 1961. Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H.P. Skoglund and Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the AFL. In January 1960, the NFL pressured the team to switch to the National Football League instead of the American Football League. Before playing a single NFL game, the team added perhaps its most recognizable player to its roster. With their 1961 third round NFL Draft pick they selected quarterback Fran Tarkenton to lead the team. In his 13 NFL seasons in a Vikings uniform, Fran Tarkenton racked up more than 33,000 passing yards and threw 239 touchdowns, both team records. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. The best season for the Minnesota Vikings was in 1998, where they scored a record breaking 556 points. Additionally, the Vikings led the league with 52 plays of 25 yards or greater, and had 22 offensive plays of 40-plus yards. No other team had more than 16 plays that length.
The Minnesota Vikings home field is U.S. Bank Stadium. The U.S. Bank Stadium is practically brand new as it opened on July 22, 2016. It has a seating capacity of 73,000 spectators and cost around $1.1 billion to build. U.S. Bank stadium has the largest transparent ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation and five 95-foot-high pivoting glass doors that can open to a nearly three acre plaza and the Minneapolis skyline. Conservation groups requested a bird friendly design for the stadium’s exterior by using less transparent bird safe glass. The designers ignored this request, and used highly reflective glass for aesthetic reasons. Due to this and the stadium’s location along the Mississippi Flyway migration route, many bird deaths have occurred. Now, a bird fatality study is being conducted by the Vikings and is expected to be complete in 2019. If changes are deemed necessary, it will cost $10 million to replace the existing glass with bird safe glass, as opposed to the $1 million it would have added to the original construction if it were done in the first place.
2017 Minnesota Vikings Season
The Minnesota Vikings experienced a spectacular 2017 season. The Vikings finished the regular season 13-3 which placed them first in the NFC North. This subsequently qualified them for the playoffs. In the divisional round the Vikings went head to head with the New Orleans Saints and won in a close game 29-24. In the NFC Championship the Vikings matched up with the Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota unfortunately lost 38-7 and Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl. Although the Vikings postseason was cut short, they will be back in 2018 with a vengeance to make it to the Super Bowl.
2018 Minnesota Vikings Season
After the conclusion of the 2017 season, the Vikings experienced some changes to their roster. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes was selected in the fourth round from Ohio State. But sadly he suffered a broken hand and is now on the injury reserves list. Also on the injury reserves list is Hercules Mata’afa – an undrafted free agent from Washington State. Kentrell Brothers and Cayleb Jones are both suspended and will miss the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s rules pertaining to performance enhancing drugs. Despite losing some players to injuries and suspensions, the Vikings added some rookies to their roster. Cornerback Mike Hughes was selected as number 30 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft from UCF. The Vikings also selected offensive tackle Brian O’Neill in the second round from University of Pittsburgh. Coming off a thrilling 2017 season, the Vikings are ready to extend their playoff run. The 2018 Minnesota Vikings season will kick off on September 9th at home against the San Francisco 49ers. A week later the Vikings will face their number one rival, the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field. Throughout the season the Vikings will also have to face other division rivals including the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. You will not want to miss out on this season! Each of the players on the Vikings roster will be battling for the NFC North title and a trip back to the NFL Playoffs. TicketNetwork connects you to a large ticket inventory of Minnesota Vikings tickets, including road games, for you look through. No matter what seat you want at U.S. Bank Stadium, you can find it here and at a great price.