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Vikings giving up a home game to play in London in 2013

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With the Vikings short-timers in the Metrodome anyway, they’re taking one of their home games overseas next year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Vikings would play a home game in London next September.

The Vikings will still play next season in the Metrodome before moving to the University of Minnesota’s stadium while their new place is built, but they have a more flexible lease than some teams, and rank 31st of 32 teams in stadium revenue, which makes ditching a home game less troublesome.

According to the NFL Record and Fact Book, the Vikings’ non-divisional home games in 2013 include dates with the Redskins, Eagles, Browns, Steelers, and an NFC South team.

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19 Responses to “Vikings giving up a home game to play in London in 2013”
  1. burnharo says: Oct 14, 2012 12:38 PM

    This is bull. The State of Minnesota just agreed to spend a large amount of money to keep the team in Minnesota. The Vikings should not be exporting home games so quickly after this, even if it is a Metrodome home game.

  2. pack13queens0 says: Oct 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Should move them all out there. Metrodome can’t sell out unless the Packers are there and the crowd is 60% Packer fans.

  3. squared80 says: Oct 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Not a big loss in terms of money for the Vikes. Not great for the 60,000+ that show up at the Metrodome every week, though. Vikings get the 4th highest viewer ratings in the entire NFL, so a trip to London in primetime isn’t a bad idea.

  4. duluthvikesfan says: Oct 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Time for me to plan a trip to London!

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 14, 2012 12:43 PM

    I hate it. We’ll be contending for the division title next year and there’s no advantage in giving up a home game. Jet lag will probably mess them up for the next week too.

  6. conormacleod says: Oct 14, 2012 12:49 PM

    The owners are the only ones to benefit doing this. Fans and the team think it stinks.

  7. cags777 says: Oct 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    As a season ticket holder, I am not too pleased with this. However, if they choose a team to play against in London, I would ask that it be Cleveland and keep the rest of the home games competitive.

  8. thepvyharvin says: Oct 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    Not fair at all sending teams that far. Hell, traveling to different time zones in the USA hurts teams. Not fair to us fans,those limeys could care less about our NFL

  9. classicrocktennisfan1977 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:10 PM

    Let me try this again. Under Minnesota Bill H.F 2958: 2nd engrossment: 87th Legislature. Lines 22.23 to 22.29 it specifically states that up to 3 “home” games must be played outside US soil. I tried to link it, but my posts were deleted. It’s best to get these games out of the way now, before the Grand Opening.

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:12 PM

    it’s an away game. stop polishing a turd, goodell. you may make more money with this game in London but you’re still putting the vikings at a disadvantage by giving them one more away game than the rest of the league.

  11. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:12 PM

    whatever packqueen its not 60% packer fans there its probably even and you know what you guys are losing today against the texans

  12. barroomhero80 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    Hey @pack13queens0 go get ready for your loss to the texans princess. Get your excuses ready

  13. duluthvikesfan says: Oct 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    I have a bunch of relatives in England. They have told me before that the Vikings are one of the more popular teams over there for some reason. At the very least, this will only help the teams popularity.

  14. mattolikesthevikes says: Oct 14, 2012 1:32 PM

    Dumb. Wait till theyre at the u of m to play a game oversees.

  15. surferbum01 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    I’m a 49ers fan but we also will be playing a 2013 game in London but not giving a home game for it. I agree that it’s bull for teams to in the mid areas and west coast areas to be making this trip. There needs to be massive incentives in place for each team playing because the cost in body adjustment due to the time changes and jet log are immense. Teams need to be rewarded in some manner. It’s interesting that jerry jones who is a massive marketing hog hasn’t thrown his “boys” into this mess and he’s never said no to anything that might make him more $$$ and gain more publicity.

    Maybe because football in England will be as big as soccer in the US.

  16. contra74 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:05 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 12:42 PM
    Should move them all out there. Metrodome can’t sell out unless the Packers are there and the crowd is 60% Packer fans.
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    Would you much rather send that embarrassment of a team called the packers over? The nfl is trying to win fans in London, not lose them. That’s why the Vikes are going rather than the green bay whiners.

  17. deltaoracle says: Oct 14, 2012 4:10 PM

    Vikings likely to be most successful in an area which knows little about the NFL, its history, and good football. Sorry about that, England.

  18. pack13queens0 says: Oct 15, 2012 9:06 PM

    contra74 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:05 PM

    Would you much rather send that embarrassment of a team called the packers over? The nfl is trying to win fans in London, not lose them. That’s why the Vikes are going rather than the green bay whiners.
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    Embarrassment? Exactly who won yesterday & who lost? The Pack won’t give up a home game to play there because Lambeau is ALWAYS Sold Out. Vikings are going over there because they are the only team in the NFL that has difficulty selling out. With the low ticket prices the Vikings have, how do they not sell more? Are Minnesotans that cheap?

  19. norwegianwud says: Oct 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    Should be a MAJOR break, and more than 1 game’s worth of savings for Vikings season ticket holders and buyers. I hate the whole London football idea but hopefully NFL compensation will assist in building a better facility all around for Minnesota. I have an idea that when Roger visited during the final negotiations this was part of the deal. And then, surprise!!! He’s sitting in the stands at a Vikings home game. The Steelers fans are probably just as pissed, even not giving a home game, but I would damn near guarantee there will be more Black and Gold in the stadium abroad than Purple and Gold. They will travel with their team thick and thin. Compare the mean income of Hennepin County, MN v. Allegheny County, PA. I’m a Vikes fan but Steelers fans just do it. Money or no money

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