About Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings Tickets 2019 Season Outlook
With eight wins last season, the Minnesota Vikings emerged second underperformed in the eyes of many. Whether 2019 will see them perform better depends largely on the play of their franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins. He was signed before the start of last season and the Vikings digressed from NFC Championship game to missing the playoffs entirely.
Currently, the Vikings have additions to both the defense and offense and have several draft choices, bringing new talent to the team. Mike Zimmer, who has been head coach for five seasons, leads the coaching staff. A veteran defensive coordinator, Mike will be working alongside Kevin Stefanski, an experienced offensive coordinator to try and do better this season. The Vikings have both depth and talent, and they just need to bring new energy into the team if they are to have a successful campaign in 2019.
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.