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New Vikings stadium may be too loud for the home team’s liking

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Alex Boone #76 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with quarterback Sam Bradford #8 after a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the game on against the Green Bay Packers September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings went on the win the game 17-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The brand-new, fixed-roof stadium that supposedly pushes visiting-team crowd noise back to the visiting team’s sideline also is creating some problems for the home team. For the details, let’s defer to the guy who always calls it like he sees it: Vikings guard Alex Boone.

“It’s loud, for some reason, in the stadium,” Boone said, via ESPN.com. “There’s a lot of times where we can’t hear the center. We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going. I’m not saying it’s the fans’ fault, but I’m just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f–k up a little bit.”

Savvy football fans usually understand the etiquette, but on the first official game at a new stadium against an arch-rival, it’s likely hard to contain their excitement.

“When the defense was up, it was phenomenal,” Boone said in comments provided by the team (comments that didn’t include his four-letter flavor). “When the offense is up, shut up; just shut up. I can’t say it any simpler than that. It’s starting to screw up a little bit.”

Eventually, the Vikings fans will be loud only when they are supposed to be. If not, Boone will remind them.

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57 Responses to “New Vikings stadium may be too loud for the home team’s liking”
  1. rwhite84 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:52 PM

    I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a Packers’ road game, it wasn’t Vikings fans making the noise.

  2. jburns9999 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:52 PM

    Not to worry. By Nov 1 it will be half empty.

  3. rodvmunchiii says: Sep 19, 2016 7:52 PM

    Well the people of Minnesota voted Jesse Ventura into office, they’re not exactly the brightest bunch.

  4. bordner says: Sep 19, 2016 8:03 PM

    No one ever said that viking fans were smart. It doesn’t take any actual knowledge of the game to be loud, and they definitely showed that last night.

  5. skol4life says: Sep 19, 2016 8:06 PM

    The stadium is soooo cool I can’t believe it. No wonder those guys out east that have a John Deere implement looking thing with bleachers are jealous.

  6. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:12 PM

    Welcome to the nfc north. We get kinda loud

  7. senxic says: Sep 19, 2016 8:18 PM

    sounds like they did a good job on it.

  8. ariani1985 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:22 PM

    And the old outdated dump to the east still has aluminum bleachers and NO TVs , WIFI or running water!

  9. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 19, 2016 8:24 PM

    Adam you’re in Minnesota now. They know what color to wear to the game and that the government is entitled to 80% of your paycheck. Outside of that, they don’t know too much.

  10. coltluger says: Sep 19, 2016 8:26 PM

    The packers sure didn’t give their fans much to cheer about last night.

  11. justintuckrule says: Sep 19, 2016 8:34 PM

    Should have bucked up for the retractable. You have a cold weather defense.

  12. firerogergoodell says: Sep 19, 2016 8:36 PM

    Peyton Manning made a big deal about this in Indy. They put up construction signs that said “QUIET: Offense at work.” When he was on the field. After a couple seasons you could hear a pin drop when the Colts were on offense.

  13. Matt from San Diego says: Sep 19, 2016 8:36 PM

    We were so loud, Rodgers couldn’t audible, or even hear his own thoughts. When he appeared rattled, we got louder.

    Careful Boone, WE won that game last night, YOU ended AP’s career.

  14. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2016 8:38 PM

    Falcons just throw the off switch.

  15. jag1959 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:40 PM

    Real football is played outdoors

  16. azjam says: Sep 19, 2016 8:45 PM

    Lots of Packer fans always go to the game against the Vikes in Minneapolis.

  17. footballfan825 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:48 PM

    Funny how quiet the packer fans were after the game. but as expected, after a day of heavy drinking, they are already back to being loud..

  18. hardcorevikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 8:49 PM

    Not really a smart idea to call out the fans who come out and support you.

    Boone can start running his mouth about the fan base when he can start running some blocks. Dude has been abysmal through two games so far.

  19. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:52 PM

    It was game #1 and their season’s Super Bowl. What else would you expect?

  20. twinfan24 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:06 PM

    Well, something Packer fans can comment on, because they lost and can’t comment on the game.

    Although, there are times when there are a lot of casual fans at any game, and not all of them understand when best to cheer to help the home team. If the team plays well, the stadium will be loud.

  21. jackericsson says: Sep 19, 2016 9:10 PM

    The land of Jesse and Al Frankenstein. And “crazy eyes” Dayton – only Senator to lock up his office and run home over safety concerns. These are not your brightest people. Now their dealing with Somali terrorists that they invited in.

  22. darkneptune73 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:18 PM

    Nice to see the trolls back out of the woodwork. How’s that offense working out for you?

  23. kloos366 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:20 PM

    Superbowl 2016 and 2017

  24. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 9:20 PM

    What do you expect? I think it’s bandwagon, man, I really do. It’s bandwagon. They might learn, if they’re around long enough.

  25. wafflestomp says: Sep 19, 2016 9:21 PM

    skoLOL!!!
    Clueless morons!

  26. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 9:24 PM

    “Savvy football fans usually understand the etiquette”

    Vikings’ fans aren’t savvy. The stadium is filled with Edina housewives and people for whom the new stadium is a novelty and a place to party and eat. The football is secondary.

    Minnesota fans are typically a passive bunch. They like to sit on their hands.

  27. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 19, 2016 9:38 PM

    packer fans don’t get loud for other reasons… they don’t want to wake up all the blue hair neighbors who live next door and go to bed at 6 pm

  28. spotsdad says: Sep 19, 2016 9:46 PM

    Built a billion $ stadium to gain an unfair competetive advantage. Woulda been cheaper to keep warming the footballs and paying the 35k fines. Not like ya got a 4 game susp., lost a 1st and 4th, and a million dollar fine.

  29. bastardfromhell says: Sep 19, 2016 9:48 PM

    Well the people of Minnesota voted Jesse Ventura into office, they’re not exactly the brightest bunch.

    ———————————————-

    Don’t forget that they also voted in as their state Senator that hideous SNL comedian Al Franken.

  30. mediasloppy says: Sep 19, 2016 9:49 PM

    The place is loud when 66,000 people just talk.

  31. alfredogarciashead says: Sep 19, 2016 9:50 PM

    Suck it Green Bay. Another loss.

  32. ariani1985 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:51 PM

    Frankie performance booth, your second favorite team is on TV tonight and your favorite team lost last night!

  33. billbrasky72 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:59 PM

    Anybody who has ever been to a Vikes-Packers game in MN knows that there is anywhere from 25-50% Packer fans.

    That happens when your stadium is located a Josh Freeman overthrow away from the border of your rival.

  34. nodakpaul says: Sep 19, 2016 10:02 PM

    rwhite84 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 7:52 PM
    I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a Packers’ road game, it wasn’t Vikings fans making the noise.

    ——

    For previous Packers-Vikings games in Minnesota, I would agree with you. But this year there was significantly fewer packer fans in attendance – most likely due to the difficulty in getting tickets.

    And the packer fans that WERE there were pretty quiet. Which is a normal side effect of watching your team get dominated.😀

  35. pkrlvr says: Sep 19, 2016 10:09 PM

    How’s that offense working out for you?
    ——
    Dude, your team scored three more points. If our incompetent coach had called for the fg you wouldn’t even have that. How about act like you’ve been there before. Lots of packer fans were gracious losers in the comment section last night and you guys handled it like 12 year olds.

  36. youallrfools says: Sep 19, 2016 10:13 PM

    Do you packas trolls sit in the basement and hit refresh on PFT? Just be happy the vikes defense made a few horrible decisions and tried to house a few of arodges fumbles or it wouldn’t have been close. Just remember the defense you often call average manhandled your “super bowl” offense and the hands down best qb on the field was bradford (who you also had nicknames that lacked creativity as usual).

  37. bastageman says: Sep 19, 2016 10:17 PM

    Welcome back Packers trolls. Didn’t have much to say last night. Funny how trolls talk about TB’s hands all the time, but Rodgers is the one with the fumbling problem. Loved the look on Rodgers face when Waynes picked him off and he didn’t get a flag. Looked like a dope fiend that just got ripped off.

  38. purpleguy says: Sep 19, 2016 10:19 PM

    Unlike Frank — I’ve been a season ticket holder for 20 years — over those 2o years its become clear that Vikes fans know when to cheer and when not to. The quiet corporate types are in the suites, and most fans in the stands cheer loudly and properly — even the cakeater housewives. Ironically, it’s usually the preseason games when the tiks are basically given away, that the non-season ticket holders cheer when the team is on offense.

    The stadium is just loud, particularly when the opposing team is on offense. The stadium folks do get a bit carried away with the tunes between plays though. Hell, my ears are still ringing from the cheers when Waynes made that INT in the last minutes.

  39. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 19, 2016 10:20 PM

    Love the fudgies back out in full force!

    Best take that piece of paper that proclaims “owner” and March right on down to lambeau and demand they fix their offense! Your QB single handedly lost the game for you! 4 fumbles, 1 int..

    Let’s get it started packer fans….. “Fourth in the north!” That’s where your gonna be!

  40. lukeshow says: Sep 19, 2016 10:21 PM

    More thoughtful and articulate comments. Thanks again, everyone.

  41. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:24 PM

    This coming from the Vikings’ savior O-lineman. Too funny. Who’s better, Boone or Fusco? Let’s ask Mike Daniels.

    Can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Game 1 Super Bowl (by the way, that’s OUR line, as is Better Football for Better People) is worth at least 7 points. Aaron and the offense will figure this out. You should be happy the home opener was in week 2. Trade Bradford for Rodgers?? Keep on laughing. And…….wait for it…..

    Still
    Keep
    On
    Losing!!!! SKOL!!!

  42. dcviking says: Sep 19, 2016 10:29 PM

    The biggest problem today at the new stadium is that they need to replace all the urinal cakes, because they forgot to place the “don’t eat the big white mint” signs in the men’s room to remind the Packer fans attended the game.

  43. bluenose1965 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:39 PM

    Not just fans. Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots on Texans-Chiefs games kept talking about the lack of atmosphere when Texans had the ball. Crazy that the TV guys wouldn’t have a clue about crowd noise. Place was hopping when Chiefs were on offense.

  44. pestilence1972 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:47 PM

    My Edina housewife was there. And my four daughters. And the drunk Packer fans sitting in the row behind me. They left early. Seriously.

  45. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 19, 2016 11:33 PM

    frank booth says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:24 PM

    “Savvy football fans usually understand the etiquette”

    Vikings’ fans aren’t savvy. The stadium is filled with Edina housewives and people for whom the new stadium is a novelty and a place to party and eat. The football is secondary.

    Minnesota fans are typically a passive bunch. They like to sit on their hands.

    ———————————————–

    Well now Frankie Bandwagon, Vikings fans should be impressed that you know your swank Minneapolis suburbs!

  46. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 11:39 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:19 PM

    Unlike Frank — I’ve been a season ticket holder for 20 years — over those 2o years its become clear that Vikes fans know when to cheer and when not to. The quiet corporate types are in the suites, and most fans in the stands cheer loudly and properly — even the cakeater housewives. Ironically, it’s usually the preseason games when the tiks are basically given away, that the non-season ticket holders cheer when the team is on offense.

    The stadium is just loud, particularly when the opposing team is on offense. The stadium folks do get a bit carried away with the tunes between plays though. Hell, my ears are still ringing from the cheers when Waynes made that INT in the last minutes.
    ==================================
    Minnesota fans are relatively passive compared to other cities sports fans, so it’s a good thing the Vikings’ have an indoor stadium so they can pump in sound and let it reverberate.

  47. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 11:53 PM

    pestilence1972 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:47 PM

    My Edina housewife was there. And my four daughters. And the drunk Packer fans sitting in the row behind me. They left early. Seriously.
    ===================================
    Did your wife and daughters know that they were at a football game or did they think they were at a new shopping mall?

  48. pestilence1972 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:17 AM

    frank booth says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:53 PM
    pestilence1972 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:47 PM

    My Edina housewife was there. And my four daughters. And the drunk Packer fans sitting in the row behind me. They left early. Seriously.
    ===================================
    Did your wife and daughters know that they were at a football game or did they think they were at a new shopping mall?
    ===================================
    Not sure Frank. Thanks for asking. Each of them had huge smiles on their faces and said they had a good time, however.

    The Packer fans behind us didn’t seem quite as happy. Not sure if they knew where they were or not. Mall, football game, civilization, chair. Oh, and they got into a fight with a drunk Viking fan. Shocker.

    Before they left they were kind enough to tell me where they got their fried chicken sandwich. Nice of them. I keep hearing that Packer fans are insecure about living in a college-sized market and/or are stupid. I didn’t get that impression before they left. Seemed like nice enough people.

  49. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 1:03 AM

    I’m glad Packer fans are so looking forward to that Christmas Eve game. Unfortunately, the Vikings will have at least a two-game lead by that time so it might not be as much fun as they’re expecting.

  50. gtodriver says: Sep 20, 2016 7:30 AM

    pkrlvr says:

    Dude, your team scored three more points. If our incompetent coach had called for the fg you wouldn’t even have that. How about act like you’ve been there before. Lots of packer fans were gracious losers in the comment section last night and you guys handled it like 12 year olds.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Speaking of acting like a 12 year old…

    This is the second time this year that we’ve beaten your team and our defense has held your offense to a grand total of 27 points combined or 13.5 points per game.

    FYI – In the NFL, the losing team averages 17.8 points per game.

    The vast majority of your fans guaranteed that the Packers would win this game. Your team’s poor offensive performance is what cost you the win in both games.

    As to “lots of Packer fans being gracious losers” – I think you need to do a recount. There were a few – and Vikings fans acknowledged those few.

  51. gtodriver says: Sep 20, 2016 7:57 AM

    jburns9999 says:

    Not to worry. By Nov 1 it will be half empty.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Funny.

    I’ve witnessed a Packer football game that was more than half empty, but I’ve never witnessed even a Viking preseason game that was half empty.

    Your going to say that isn’t true – but in 1985 (when they actually counted the number of fans that actually walked through the turnstiles) – there were over 36,000 no-shows to the Packer/Buccaneer game.

    A long time ago, the NFL simply decided to make the “official attendance” the number of tickets purchased to a game (remember – the NFL is all about the money). These numbers are what the teams report to the state for sales tax purposes – so they are real numbers.

    The official paid attendance to the Viking’s home opener was 66,813 as compared to a capacity of 66,655. I know that math is a problem for many Packer fans – but that is over 100% of the seating capacity.

    Selling 100% or more of the stated capacity to NFL games has happened many times for the Vikings.

    Let’s check the last home game for the Packers – when the NFC North title was on the line – official paid attendance was 78,412 vs the capacity of 81,435

    You’re probably going to blame the lack of 100% sell out on the weather. Ok, let’s look at your home opener against Seattle last year – 78,433.

    The highest attendance last year – against the Lions – was 78, 526.

    Yup – the vaunted Green Bay Packers with their season ticket holder waiting list have never sold 100% of Lambeau’s seating capacity.

    I’ve heard the hyperbole from Packer fans that there “wasn’t an empty seat” at Lambeau many times.

    What they fail to understand – is that when you have bleachers instead of seats – you can make the place look full without actually having a butt in every theoretical “seat”.

    Of course that works well in Green Bay where the average fan is wider than the allotted space for a “seat”. It makes the stadium look like it’s sold out when it’s not.

  52. bhuettl says: Sep 20, 2016 9:57 AM

    Te only savvy fans in attendance were from Green Bay.

  53. brewdogg says: Sep 20, 2016 10:52 AM

    Gto….

    What you don’t understand is that the Packers board of directors allocates several thousand tickets for each game to be given away to the huddled masses congregating at the gate like Russians waiting for bread. They let these poor, broken souls fill out the nosebleeds for free…and buy the team merchandise produced by the companies owned by members of the board of directors.

    Make sense now?

  54. dizzybruhbruh33 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:28 AM

    If anything this will make away games for the Vikings even more trouble because Boone gets distracted by noise.

  55. stellarperformance says: Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    The new US Bank Stadium is beautiful. The people-moving characteristics are not so good. Very crowded aisles, doorways, vestibules, walkways, stairwells, etc. They need to work on that.

    I know…it’s new, there’s bugs, etc., but it was very difficult to leave your seat during the game for the restroom or get something from the concessions without burning up a lot of time. A lot of time. And sure…there’s seats….but the armrests and cupholders are in the way in very narrow aisles. Not much room to move when seats are occupied.

    Getting out took forty-five minutes before we were actually standing on the street. Forty-five minutes.

    You can denigrate Lambeau all you want, but the bleacher sit-space is 20 inches wide and with all the room you could ever need to stand up and take your coat off or on. When people are exiting rows, everyone can stand aside, out of the way, and it’s quick and simple. Concessions and restrooms from any seat in the house at Lambeau are easy-access in any direction, and with huge walk spaces. No excessive crowding whatsoever. Exiting the stadium on 60′ wide ramps allows me to not only get outside, but inside my car in ten minutes or less. Traffic is another issue.

    It’s interesting that the noise levels were troublesome for the home team. The ambient combined noise of normal conversation, opening bags of peanuts, soda slurping, etc., must get channeled to the field because when the players were motioning to keep the noise down, there wasn’t any!

    You have a very nice place, but I’ll keep mine and still prefer it, thank you very much.

    One last thing…the Vikings are better than the Packers….especially the defense. I am not the sort to spew pointless insults and put-downs over something so obvious. The addition of Bradford, if he can stay on his feet, is light years ahead of Bridgewater, potential or no potential.

  56. jimmysee says: Sep 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    Be careful that you wish for.

  57. gtodriver says: Sep 20, 2016 5:25 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM
    The new US Bank Stadium is beautiful. The people-moving characteristics are not so good. Very crowded aisles, doorways, vestibules, walkways, stairwells, etc. They need to work on that.

    I know…it’s new, there’s bugs, etc., but it was very difficult to leave your seat during the game for the restroom or get something from the concessions without burning up a lot of time. A lot of time. And sure…there’s seats….but the armrests and cupholders are in the way in very narrow aisles. Not much room to move when seats are occupied.

    Getting out took forty-five minutes before we were actually standing on the street. Forty-five minutes.

    You can denigrate Lambeau all you want, but the bleacher sit-space is 20 inches wide and with all the room you could ever need to stand up and take your coat off or on. When people are exiting rows, everyone can stand aside, out of the way, and it’s quick and simple. Concessions and restrooms from any seat in the house at Lambeau are easy-access in any direction, and with huge walk spaces.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^j

    For the first paragraph, I thank you. Those are kinder words than I expected.

    As far as getting out of your seat to go to concessions or the restroom – I had no issues at all.

    I guess I’m used to actually having a seat and a cupholder – I don’t find them an impediment to getting in or out. I like having my space defined and unimpeded by a “generously sized” person like has happened to me in bleacher seats.

    Concessions and restrooms are within easy access from any seats in the house. It literally takes me only a minute or two to get to a concession stand or a restroom.

    I don’t know why it took you 45 minutes to exit the stadium. They have multiple exits to both enter and exit. I don’t exit the Legacy gate after the game.

    I can get out in under 10 minutes. It takes 5 minutes to walk to where I park and only 1 minute to get out of the stadium area and onto a 4 lane road with traffic moving at 40+ MPH.

    But then, I’m a long time season ticket holder and I know the ins and outs of leaving downtown MPLS after a game.

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