The Minnesota Vikings were granted an expansion franchise in 1961, and after a few seasons near the bottom of the league, the Vikings became a powerhouse in the league. Minnesota won the franchise’s first of many division in 1968. The following season, the Vikings finished 12-2, romping through the NFL and reaching Super Bowl IV. Though the Vikings would come up short in their first Super Bowl, they would continue to be one of the most feared team in the NFL, making 3 more Super Bowl appearances in the 1970's. Minnesota won the division 11 times in 13 seasons from 1968 through 1980, reaching the Super Bowl four times. After a few up and down seasons through the 1980s, the Vikings reached the playoffs seven times in the 1990s and again in 2000. Having made the playoffs three times in the last five years, Minnesota could be embarking on another long run of success. The Vikings have honored 20 former players and staffers in their Ring of Honor. For more information on the Vikings check out our Minnesota Vikings History page. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Minnesota Vikings tickets.
2016 Vikings Season Preview
The 2014 season was all about the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings. Like most rookie quarterbacks, the first season was not without its bumps for Bridgewater, who led the Vikings to a 7-9 record. While Bridgewater made typical rookie mistakes, he also threw for more than 300 yards in 3 games, showing glimpses of what the young quarterback could bring to the Vikings offense for years to come. The 2015 Minnesota Vikings team will receive a massive offensive boost with the return of maligned running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson should still be one of the premier backs in the NFL and will take some of the pressure off of Bridgewater for 2015. The Vikings paid special attention to the defensive side of the ball in the 2015 NFL draft, picking defensive players with their first 3 picks, including linebacker Eric Kendricks who is expected to start week 1 for the Vikings. The NFC North is expected to be one of the NFL’s toughest divisions in 2015, with the Packers and Lions both coming off playoff appearences. While it might be a tad early to call the Vikings contenders in 2015, the addition of Peterson and a little improvement from Bridgewater could land Minnesota in the heat of the playoff race late in the season. Expect the Minnesota Vikings to be one of the most intriguing teams to watch in 2015.
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Minnesota Vikings Football at TCF Bank Stadium Address: 2001 University Ave SE Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414
The Vikings play their home games at the Minnesota Golden Gophers home stadium, TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the next two years while their new home is being constructed. The Vikings said good bye to their long time home, the Metrodome, at the end of the 2013 season. Construction is scheduled to be completed in July 2013 for the opening of the 2016 season. Minnesota has also bid to host the Super Bowl in 2016 as well. The Minnesota Vikings home bench is on the TCF Bank Stadium sideline with sections 101-117. TCF Bank Stadium parking is covered in our Vikings event guide.
This rivalry continues to be close and after 100+ meetings that dates back to 1961, these two teams have transformed this rivalry to one of the best in the NFL. With both teams playing two times a year and often fighting for a division, the intensity of this rivalry only continues to get better. This rivalry went to a new level when Packers’ great quarterback Brett Favre came out of retirement to play for the hated Vikings.
This rivalry has been played over 100 times and has had its share of crazy moments. A last second field goal in 2007 that catapulted the Vikings to a victory happened after they blew a 14-point lead during the game. The Vikings tied the Bears in 2009 with less than 20 seconds left after rallying from an early deficit of 17 only to see them lose the game in overtime. This has been the norm in this rivalry that started in 1961 and only continues to grow with each close matchup.
Vikings in the Super Bowl, NFC Championship and NFL Playoffs
The Vikings have 3+ NFC Championships and over 15 division titles in their 50+ years of existence. With more than 10 Hall of Famers, the Vikings have established themselves as one of the more historical franchises. With 25+ playoff appearances and one of the few teams to have won 15+ games in the regular season, the Vikings will only continue to build off their impressive history.
Minnesota Vikings Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to kick off for a Minnesota Vikings game?
The gates open two hours prior to the start of the game.
What are some good places to eat before a Vikings game?
Grumpy’s Bar & Grill serves up great bar food (burgers, sandwiches, fries, tots) has a great beer selection and is just a short walk from the stadium. It’s a casual place to grab a beer and burger before the game. The Loop Bar & Restaurant is a short cab ride from the stadium but offers a cool atmosphere with the largest 360-degree bar in the Minneapolis. They have flat screens mounted everywhere so you won’t miss a moment of pregame. The Fulton beer battered chicken fingers and pull port quesadillas are awesome.
Where is the best to park for a Vikings game?
For non-parking pass holders, the a couple options are the daily lots on east bank (lot 94) and on the west bank at the state fairgrounds. A closer option but requires you get there a lot earlier is lot C79 located just south of the stadium (two blocks south of Washington Ave. next to the Oak Street Ramp) Rates vary but are around $10+ per car.
What is a unique experience at a Minnesota Vikings game?
Normally only available on a full season basis but finding Minnesota Vikings tickets is not out of the question, the Vikings Lounge opens 2 hours prior to kickoff and offers an all you can eat buffet and open bar, Viking playbook and game day magazine. There are flat screen TV’s all around and has a great view of the stadium. The lounge is limited to 150 members so it’s a hard ticket to find but an unforgettable experience.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Minnesota Vikings game
Children under 36 inches tall can be awarded a free admission wristband at the gate,but must sit on a parent or guardians lap for the duration of the game. To obtain a free admission wristband see the gate supervisor.