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S'kol Vikings Let's Go! The Minnesota Vikings Franchise has been Minnesota's NFL team since it's origination on September 27, 1960. The name reflects the heavy Scandinavian presence in the state. During the late 1960s, the Vikings were building a powerful defense known as the Purple People Eaters, led by Alan Page, Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, and Jim Marshall. In 1968, that powerhouse defense earned the Vikings their first Central Division Title and their first NFL playoff appearance.


From the start, the Minnesota Vikings Franchise embraced an energetic marketing program that produced first-year season ticket sales of nearly 26,000 and an average home attendance of 34,586, about 85 percent of the capacity of 40,800 for Metropolitan Stadium.


On May 15, 1981, the Vikings moved into a new facility in suburban Eden Prairie Minnesota that houses the team's offices, locker room and practice fields. The complex was named "Winter Park" after Max Winter, one of the Vikings' founders. Also that year, the Vikings played their final game at Metropolitan Stadium on December 20th to conclude the 1981 NFL season by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6.


The Vikings played their first game at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in a preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on August 21, 1982 in a game the Minnesota Vikings Roster won, 7-3. The first touchdown in the new facility was scored by Joe Senser on an 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer. The first regular-season game in the Metrodome was the 1982 opener on September 12, when the Vikings defeated Tampa Bay, 17-10. Rickey Young scored the first regular-season touchdown in the facility on a 3 yard run in the 2nd quarter.



With plenty of talent on the Vikings roster, Minnesota Vikings tickets continue to be a hot commodity in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. The Twin Cities have a love hate relationship with their Vikings, but continue to fill the Metrodome to cheer the team. The hottest game of the season is always the Vikings Packer game and football fans will want to buy tickets early or be left out in the cold! S'kol Vikings!



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