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Some fans griping about Vikings decision to switch sidelines

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For years, the Vikings have used the south sideline at the Metrodome.  The University of Minnesota also uses the south sideline at TCF Bank Stadium.  That prompted some fans buying tickets for Vikings games at TCF Bank Stadium to choose the south side over the north side of the structure.

So with the Vikings recently choosing the north sideline, some fans who bought tickets behind the south sideline aren’t happy.  The suspicion is that the Vikings flipped from south to north after plenty of tickets had been sold on the south side, giving fans who had yet to purchase tickets on the north side extra incentive to do so.  The Vikings tell PFT that the decision had nothing to do with ticket sales.

“This was strictly a decision the football personnel felt was right for our team,” Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson said via email.  “We understand some fans may be concerned with the change, and we have been encouraging those fans to contact our ticket office with any questions they might have.  We are willing to work with them and to be as accommodating as we can.”

The team generally cited “a variety of reasons” when announcing the move, pointing primarily to weather-related concerns.

“We are always sensitive to any changes that impact our fans, but we support our football personnel in making this decision that they believe is best for the football team,” Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix said at the time.  “Fans can be assured that the team will return to the south sideline when the new stadium opens in 2016.”

The Vikings will spend the next two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium, an open-air structure that the Vikings borrowed in late 2010, after the Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of a snowstorm.

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68 Responses to “Some fans griping about Vikings decision to switch sidelines”
  1. mazenblue says: Jul 8, 2014 8:55 AM

    At least they do not have to worry about being murdered after the game like in Chicago. What a crappy city Chicago is.

  2. bmorepositive123 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:00 AM

    They should go with whatever sideline they used in that Super Bowl campaign year a while back….

    Oh. Wait.

  3. capspats says: Jul 8, 2014 9:06 AM

    I agree with the fans. It’s a rip-off

  4. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 8, 2014 9:08 AM

    If this is all the fans can think to complain about with the team, it should be a good year.

  5. pete5867 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:09 AM

    NORTH SIDE….. STRONG SIDE…. NORTH SIDE…. SOUTH SIDE…. Don’t worry this dumpster fire will be blazing….

    Is this really a story?

  6. kodatrout says: Jul 8, 2014 9:10 AM

    it makes a good excuse not to sit out in the cold and watch a losing team

  7. dimbee says: Jul 8, 2014 9:10 AM

    Which sideline were they on when Favre got sent off to retirement via Henry Melton?

  8. magicmtndan says: Jul 8, 2014 9:11 AM

    Who cares about the sideline; the Vikings fly south every winter anyway.

  9. sb44champs says: Jul 8, 2014 9:12 AM

    Yep, Chicago made fun of Katrina evacuees so I agree with the first post..

  10. ariani1985 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:15 AM

    It could be worse Viking fans!!!! Our little sisters to the east are forced to buy “fake stock” to fix their many troubles!!!!!

  11. phkrames says: Jul 8, 2014 9:17 AM

    I don’t think the fans have to worry where they sit considering product on the field will look eerily similar to the team that plays there in Saturdays.

    And what does the violence in Chicago have to do with where Vikings fans sit?

  12. RegisHawk says: Jul 8, 2014 9:18 AM

    Apparently, the only people making the right guesses in Minnesota are the players who left to get a ring in Seattle.

  13. bassplucker says: Jul 8, 2014 9:18 AM

    Tradition, schmadition.

    If I’m freezing my arse off in December at TCF Stadium, I want to be on whatever side is getting the most sun. That is all.

    And BTW it was Corey Wootton — not Henry Melton — who knocked out Favre.

  14. luccabrazzi says: Jul 8, 2014 9:20 AM

    dimbee says:Jul 8, 2014 9:10 AM

    Which sideline were they on when Favre got sent off to retirement via Henry Melton?

    … uh it was Corey Wooden who sent Favre into retirement. At least know the facts when you trash talk another team. They’re not my team I’m just staying the facts.

  15. phkrames says: Jul 8, 2014 9:20 AM

    It was Corey Wooten, not Henry Melton who sacked Favre.

  16. adoombray says: Jul 8, 2014 9:22 AM

    yay, another comments section with 3rd grade insults at rival cities

  17. fissels says: Jul 8, 2014 9:22 AM

    C’mon Vikings fans lighten up. There are more important things in life. SKOL

  18. shawon0meter says: Jul 8, 2014 9:24 AM

    “Which sideline were they on when Favre got sent off to retirement via Henry Melton?”

    Favre was sent into retirement by now-Viking Corey Wootton

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 8, 2014 9:27 AM

    No reason to complain, if you don’t like it, just request a refund and they easily should be able to accommodate that.

  20. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 8, 2014 9:33 AM

    Maybe they are just used to the team on the other side always winning, so they decided to be the team on the “other side” and maybe win a game.
    Like the dumb blond looking at her friend across the lake and asking her “How do get to the other side?”
    Her friend responds “Duh, you’re already there!”

  21. rikker12 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Viking players want to sit on the visitors side, at least they can get an idea on what winning feels like..

  22. whatjusthapped says: Jul 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    If you think this is their biggest reason to complain, just wait till they announce the PSL costs. The construction budget on the new stadium is already deemed not sufficient, the Wilf’s lost a costly fraud case and will owe a huge sum of money as a result and the cost of jet fuel went up so it will cost more for the Wilfs to fly in and watch the Vikings lose in their new digs.

    Guess who gets to pay for all this? The increased cost of the PSL’s will make everyone forget which side they are seated on.

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 8, 2014 9:40 AM

    Wow didn’t realize being behind the bench of your own team was such a big deal. Who knew?

    The teams response however is far from sincere

  24. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 8, 2014 9:43 AM

    I’m offended by that silhouette of the indian head on that road sign and demand it be removed immediately

  25. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 8, 2014 9:48 AM

    Fake stock = 13 World Championships, in the most iconic sports venue in the country, paid for by only the willing and able.

    No fake stock in the dumpster fire to our immediate West = 50+ years of futility, playing in an inflatable outhouse, paid for with money extorted from the masses.

    Yeah… I’ll take fake stock every time. Now go clean your room or you get no juice box with your Teddy Grahams.

  26. eroschmidt says: Jul 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    north side, south side….no matter where you put the Vikes they are still gonna stink this year….right pftpoet?

  27. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Vikings fans:

    Why did the team not stay in Metro dome until new Stadium was ready instead of going to University of Minnesota? Seems like it would have made more sense instead of going to University of Minnesota

  28. 700levelvet says: Jul 8, 2014 9:51 AM

    I highly doubt the owners did anything unscrupulous.. I mean do they have a history of that ? Oh wait

  29. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 8, 2014 9:52 AM

    Boy, those Vikings will never pass on an opportunity to screw over the fans…

  30. stellarperformance says: Jul 8, 2014 9:53 AM

    If the idiots are going to keep sending the same repetitive insults and putdowns, I will keep providing sanity.

    Only jealousy could generate the negative attention souvenir stock creates. It’s a unique souvenir that voluntarily gives support to the most unique franchise in the NFL.

    Over 360,000 people purchased this souvenir, from all over the world. That would not happen if you offered Randy Moss jerseys for $19.95.

    As it is, many Viking fans did indeed purchase an official (fake!) Moss game jersey for a similar amount of money. Where are they? Show them off with pride! Show the world what an intelligent purchase it was.

    In the meantime, we’ll continue to support a team that delivers.

  31. themagicfanguy says: Jul 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    Does it matter? North or South, they’ll be the losing side either way. NFC North cellar dwellers every year, what a pathetic franchise.

  32. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 8, 2014 10:15 AM

    Only with an inept franchise like the Vikings does this make news.

  33. schmitty2 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:28 AM

    brownsmakemecrazy says:Jul 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Vikings fans:

    Why did the team not stay in Metro dome until new Stadium was ready instead of going to University of Minnesota? Seems like it would have made more sense instead of going to University of Minnesota

    Maybe because the new stadium is being built where the Metrodome was. Just a hunch!

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 8, 2014 10:31 AM

    I didn’t even know the Vikings had fans.

    I mean, there’s contra and his 49 screen names, and Rick Spielman is a genius with his 34 screen names, but I just thought they were paid by PFT to sound really stupid.

    >

  35. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 8, 2014 10:32 AM

    brownsmakemecrazy says:
    Jul 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Vikings fans:

    Why did the team not stay in Metro dome until new Stadium was ready instead of going to University of Minnesota? Seems like it would have made more sense instead of going to University of Minnesota

    They had to try and find a new fan base because the bandwagon fans stopped coming to the metrodump.

  36. purpleguy says: Jul 8, 2014 10:42 AM

    This was a decision by the coach who wanted to be on the best side weather-wise. If anyone has been to a Gopher game, they’d understand. And who the hell cares what side of the stands the team is on — isn’t what happens between the sidelines what counts? Besides, the tickets were all sold already anyhow — all the season tickets filled the smaller stadium regardless. This is nothing more than the daily PFT site hit for cheesers.

  37. arnoldziffel says: Jul 8, 2014 10:44 AM

    No question – this move will confuse Viking fans.

  38. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 8, 2014 10:49 AM

    Staring into sun low on the horizon in the Fall is a typical vikings choice.

    Other teams with the sun at their back will have the advantage of better vision.

  39. vikesfan1971 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    Cellar dwellers every year? Might want to look at the history of the franchise and you’ll see that isn’t the case.

    And how exactly would you compare buying a stock certificate with buying a jersey of a player who no longer plays for the team?

    And the PSL (actually SBLs) are already set in price and aren’t going to change. Just selected my seats last night and guess what, the price didn’t change from what is posted. All club level seats sold out and the lower level will be done by roughly end of August. Then they move on to the upper levels of the stadium.

    Packers fans can be proud of their stadium. I’ll be proud of ours. It’s going to be an incredible venue.

  40. ariani1985 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    It’s time to rejoice viking fans, we get a brand new stadium while the turd bay cheese heads play in an old outdated outhouse!

  41. vikesfan1971 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    And bandwagon fans? Sorry, you have the wrong franchise.

  42. timtheenchanter1 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:17 AM

    They’re going to be outside. In the late fall. In Minnefrigginsota.

    If there’s ANY chance that the north side will be in the sun while the south side is in the shade of the stands, the move makes perfect sense.

  43. dcviking says: Jul 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    Fake stock = 13 World Championships, in the most iconic sports venue in the country, paid for by only the willing and able.
    ————————————-

    A little confused about what venue you are speaking of. I’m sure if you asked people who had actually been places in the US other than Wisconsin, you’d get a very different list of iconic sports venues (and yeah, none of them would be in Minnesota either). Names like Wrigley, Fenway, The Rose Bowl, The Superdome come to my mind.

    But assuming you mean the stadium the Packers play home games in, check your facts: it was originally built with taxpayer money. And the 2001-2003 renovation was paid for a county wide sales tax (among many vehicles).

    No juice box or Teddy Grahams for you today.

  44. truenorth84 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:24 AM

    How “dare” you post up a traffic sign that has an Indian on it for the article picture. They might associate it with negativity, and therefore making it offensive. With your redskins campaign over the last year, I’m surprised you took this step (note my sarcasm)

  45. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    ARHTH says:
    Jul 8, 2014 9:08 AM

    If this is all the fans can think to complain about with the team, it should be a good year.

    ——

    Just a shot in the dark here, but I think they’ll probably have more to complain about once we start playing games…

  46. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    I think we can all agree that the Packers are a much better franchise than the Vikings.

  47. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 8, 2014 11:43 AM

    dcviking says:
    Jul 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    But assuming you mean the stadium the Packers play home games in, check your facts: it was originally built with taxpayer money. And the 2001-2003 renovation was paid for a county wide sales tax (among many vehicles).

    No juice box or Teddy Grahams for you today.

    —–

    His point is that the taxpayers were allowed to vote on whether to spend public $$$ on the stadium, as opposed to the Minesota approach where they find loopholes to specifically get around legislation requiring a public vote before tax dollars are spent on sports stadiums. But, given your username, I guess I’m not surprised you don’t have a very good grasp of fiscal issues.

  48. swede700 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:04 PM

    Yawn. Another Vikings’ related post that 80% of the posts have nothing to do with the topic other than deride the fans of the team. Please grow up. While I feel bad for those that purchased the tickets on the south side, if the side difference impacts performance on the field, does it really matter which side you sit on as a fan?

  49. weepingjebus says: Jul 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    Making 150 people go from one side of the stadium to the other is not that big a deal.

  50. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Jul 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    The Bank is a beautiful stadium! Opened in 2009 it will STILL be one of the newest stadiums in the NFL. It’s like 7 minutes to downtown Minneapolis and the area surrounding TCF is going to be wild on game day!

  51. beerbratscheese says: Jul 8, 2014 12:35 PM

    RegisHawk says: Jul 8, 2014 9:18 AM

    Apparently, the only people making the right guesses in Minnesota are the players who left to get a ring in Seattle.
    ———————–

    Let’s not forget Bryant McKinnie and Matt Birk left Minnesota to get rings in Baltimore.

  52. mediasloppy says: Jul 8, 2014 12:36 PM

    Reading these threads makes you dumber the longer they are. I mean when you don’t even know the metrodome was torn down to make room for the new stadium, just don’t comment…

  53. schrutebeetfarms says: Jul 8, 2014 12:45 PM

    not to worry, soon Vikings fans will have much more to complain about

  54. billgramatica says: Jul 8, 2014 12:56 PM

    Vikings suck and can’t even figure out which sideline to set up on. SKOL!!!!!!!!!

  55. juliusanonymous says: Jul 8, 2014 2:07 PM

    Can hardly blame the Vikings. Playing games with the fans is the only way to sell tickets. I’m actually surprised they didn’t lie about the schedule and falsely advertise a bunch of games against winning relevant teams. At least fill the place up with road fans. It’s not like anyone with enough brains to have money would buy Viking tickets.

    I actually thought the “Vikings” were an arena football team. I’ve never seen them win a meaningful NFL game.

  56. coreyn23 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:23 PM

    It’s amazing to me how any story that is attached to the Vikings is a top commented story. The sad thing is that over half the posts are just trolls from other teams(mostly Packer fans). What is it about the Vikings you find so interesting. I can’t believe people would get so much enjoyment out of all the negativity, what a pathetic life.

  57. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Jul 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    coreyn23 says:
    Jul 8, 2014 2:23 PM

    It’s amazing to me how any story that is attached to the Vikings is a top commented story. The sad thing is that over half the posts are just trolls from other teams(mostly Packer fans). What is it about the Vikings you find so interesting. I can’t believe people would get so much enjoyment out of all the negativity, what a pathetic life.

    ——-

    You’re the one being negative, or is this supposed to be some sort of irony?

  58. skolnolombardilovers says: Jul 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 8, 2014 9:15 AM
    It could be worse Viking fans!!!! Our little sisters to the east are forced to buy “fake stock” to fix their many troubles!!!!!

    Ah ariani puffington speaks again
    Not forced see it is easy supporting the NFL team with the Most championships.Unlike your team which FORCES all of Minnesota to help pay for 1 fat cat owner that is smart enough that he doesn’t live in Minnysoda thus isn’t taxed for failure
    Maybe your new stadium should just have endzone seats with a revolving field which can be switched every 1/4 so when the other team has the ball they have a chance to see a team that has a chance to win the Superbowl score

    One Viking fan to another Remember when we almost went to the Superbowl this century ? Yea that was a great year we beat the Packers 2X.Lets go look at that trophy

  59. lnfinite says: Jul 8, 2014 3:04 PM

    Packer fans are like crows. They make a lot of noise but scatter when things get too close to them. The ultimate in cowardess actions.

  60. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 8, 2014 3:25 PM

    Tough deal for the fans. But I can’t say I blame the team, trust me as a Lambeau season ticket holder of 9 years – the team will want that sun!

  61. lerch77 says: Jul 8, 2014 5:03 PM

    Don’t worry, my Viking brethren. It doesn’t matter what part of the stadium you view this train-wreck, the results will still be a complete disaster…

  62. 12thmanindc says: Jul 8, 2014 6:06 PM

    So you affected maybe 6 people? Have them move to the other side of the bar.

  63. dwhcic says: Jul 8, 2014 8:23 PM

    The sun isn’t the biggest advantage to being on the north side. I go to quite a few gopher football games, and when we have bitterly cold weather in MN, it comes with a NW wind. Coincidentally the NW side of the stadium is the most open. Wise choice whoever made that.

  64. vikinganswer says: Jul 8, 2014 11:04 PM

    Who cares what sideline you sit by. I never look at the benches anyway.
    What a waste of time

  65. ravensfanforlife2012 says: Jul 9, 2014 12:31 AM

    I love how the article picture refers to the weather temperatures doing football season

  66. unmercifulone says: Jul 9, 2014 4:07 AM

    brownsmakemecrazy says:

    “Vikings fans: Why did the team not stay in Metro dome until new Stadium was ready instead of going to University of Minnesota?”

    Because the new stadium is being built on the same site as the old stadium and it’s kinda hard to play football in a construction zone.

  67. pzebich says: Jul 9, 2014 8:16 AM

    It’s all about being on the sunny side of the field during the cold months. Nothing more, nothing less.

  68. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:20 PM

    Hey, it’s not as bad as having to drive to Milwaukee 2-3 times a year to see your team play because they had been so terrible for 30+ seasons. If they only played in one stadium 8 games a year the team would be forced to move due to terrible attendance…. what team was that again???

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