Will Vikings fans overrun L.A.’s other stadium?

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When the Vikings played the Rams at the L.A. Coliseum in 2018, plenty of Minnesota fans showed up. An even greater concentration is expected on Sunday, when the Vikings return to Los Angeles to play in the other football venue — a 27,000-seat soccer stadium in which the Chargers will play two more games before moving in with the Rams.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press explores the question of whether Vikings fans will overrun Dignity Health Sports Park for the game between the 9-4 Vikings and the 5-8-and-playing-for-nothing Chargers.

Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski said this week that the offense will be ready to shift to the silent count, if needed. It could be that the Chargers need to shift to a silent count.

Stefanski and most Vikings coaches and players have never experienced a game there. One player who has is the most important player on the team: Quarterback Kirk Cousins. In 2017, Washington and Cousins lost there, 30-13.

We didn’t play very well,” Cousins said, via Tomasson. “And once the game kicks off, the number of people in the stands really made no difference in the game. If you’re not playing well, it’ll feel like a tough environment on the road. . . . If you are playing well, even the most packed away stadiums can feel like a friendly environment.”

Vikings fans will be unfriendly to Cousins if he can’t turn the team’s 9-4 start into a finish that is good enough to vault his team to the playoffs. With the Rams hot on Minnesota’s heels, the Vikings may need to win at L.A. and secure a pair of wins at home against the Packers and Bears in order to avoid, for example, going 11-5 and missing the playoffs altogether.

41 responses to “Will Vikings fans overrun L.A.’s other stadium?

  1. Longtimepackerfan says:
    December 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Maybe something the Vikings can add to their empty trophy case during the off season.

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    Maybe they can look in awe at the clay pottery stone age junk in yours, Mr. 27 years HOF QBs and TWO Lombardis.

  2. The daytime high in Minneapolis is forecast to be 12 degrees tomorrow, and the winter solstice hasn’t even arrived yet. I’m sure the airlines scheduled some extra flights to LA for this occasion.

  3. The Vikings do not need to go 3-0 to make the playoffs. The Rams will probably lose to the Cowboys and the 49ers. Two away games. However, if the Vikings do go 3-0, then they will most likely win the division.

  4. NFL exec #1: Hey I have a great idea, let’s move two teams to LA!

    Exec #2: well they wouldn’t even support one team before.

    Exec #1: but times have changed and they will now, let’s do it it’ll be fun!

  5. vikingcheesegrater says:
    December 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm
    Thielen will be back in the lineup and the Vikings should be able to outscore the Chargers.

    In other news, the Packers will very possibly lose to ‘da Bears tomorrow too.
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    11-27, that’s the record of the Bears last 3 opponets so NO they aren’t winning a road game tomorrow! Trubisky only looks good against bad teams so the winning ends tomorrow.

  6. marvin1958 says:

    Vikings are winning. Viking fans are showing up again.
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    marvin

    I know you meant that as a dig, but it should be noted the Vikings have had 100% sellouts many times at both US Bank Stadium and the Metrodome while the Packers have NEVER had a 100% sellout at Lambeau Field.

    NEVER…

  7. gtodriver says:

    …the Vikings have had 100% sellouts many times at both US Bank Stadium and the Metrodome while the Packers have NEVER had a 100% sellout…
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    Lol…yeah, dont worry about that old pesky 30 year 130,000 person waiting list Lambeau has. Even during the down years. Vikings still havent sold out season tix.

  8. Yes, I’m sure a few of the pigtailed, purple lemmings will show up to do their goofy lazy jumping jack cheer………skoLOL!!

    What the Barneys lack in general football knowledge, they more than make up for in how hilarious they look.

  9. cobrala2 says:

    December 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    The question is truly “when will Rams fill their miniscule temp-stadium with their own fans?”

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    Minuscule?? The LA Coliseum which happens to also be the oldest stadium has a seating capacity of 78,467 which is the 5th largest stadium in the NFL. That’s far from minuscule

  10. Hagy says

    Lol…yeah, dont worry about that old pesky 30 year 130,000 person waiting list Lambeau has. Even during the down years. Vikings still havent sold out season tix.
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    The Packers have a waiting list for season tickets, but have never sold out Lambeau Field to 100% of capacity.

    It’s not my fault that Packer fans won’t buy the tickets that are unsold to every game ever played at Lambeau.

    The Vikings actually sell out the stadium. Often.

  11. I’m tired of Florio constantly pushing stories about the Vikings. Dude we know you’re a fan but there are 31 other teams. He must be getting old and all he wants is a Vikings SB win

  12. Steve says

    11-27, that’s the record of the Bears last 3 opponets so NO they aren’t winning a road game tomorrow! Trubisky only looks good against bad teams so the winning ends tomorrow.
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    The Eagles were 1 – 3 and had lost to the Falcolns and Lions before coming into Lambeau Field, yet won on the road.

    The Packers haven’t played a solid game since they beat the Raiders and they stunk it up against the Chargers and the Niners.

    The Packers can absolutely lose this game.

  13. gtodriver says:

    The Packers have a waiting list for season tickets, but have never sold out Lambeau Field to 100% of capacity
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    Where do Minnesotans even come up with this info? I doubt any stadium ever had every ticket holder arrive. Cmon man. Have you been cut-off from the world wide web? Either way…Lambeau seats 82k. 2nd largest nfl stadium. Your glass concert venue seats 66k. Says all we need to know what the exoectations of the fan bases are.

  14. HagemeisterPark says:
    December 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm
    gtodriver says:

    …the Vikings have had 100% sellouts many times at both US Bank Stadium and the Metrodome while the Packers have NEVER had a 100% sellout…
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    Lol…yeah, dont worry about that old pesky 30 year 130,000 person waiting list Lambeau has. Even during the down years. Vikings still havent sold out season tix.

    Why would anyone want to go to Lamdump with its archaic bench seating (I wish I had the Preparation H monopoly in GB!), its two outhouses, and parking for every 1934 roadster in town. Oh wait, I do understand. What ELSE do they have there to do? Watch the ice form on the bay? Google “Green bay” and all you get is the Packers, because that’s all there is besides getting drunk.

    Proof?
    Six of the 8 drunkest cities in America are in Wisconsin, with Green Back coming in at a PROUD THIRD drunkest city in AMerica:

    These Are the Top 20 Drunkest American Cities

    Appleton, WI.
    Oshkosh-Neenah, WI.
    Green Bay, WI.
    Madison, WI.
    Fargo, ND.
    La Crosse – Onalaska, WI.
    Fond du Lac, WI.
    Ames, IA.

    Be proud, cheesehead.

  15. gtodriver says:

    December 14, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The Packers have a waiting list for season tickets, but have never sold out Lambeau Field to 100% of capacity.

    It’s not my fault that Packer fans won’t buy the tickets that are unsold to every game ever played at Lambeau.

    The Vikings actually sell out the stadium. Often.

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    I’m the furthest from being a Packer fan, but dude you’re on the internet were information is steadily available so it would be wise to make sure your information is correct which it ain’t. The Packers have a streak of consecutive sellouts that goes all the way back to 1959. Which is the all-time streak for consecutive sellouts for any sport, and only reason it fails to be the most active streak is because from 1960-1994 they played 3 home games a year at Milwaukee County Stadium.

  16. oij789y8jkhoui says:

    What ELSE do they have there to do? Watch the ice form on the bay? Google “Green bay” and all you get is the Packers, because that’s all there is besides getting drunk.
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    Sounds like all there is to do in Minnesota is think about big brother Green Bay Packers by the sound of this thread. And to your point, watching ice form while putting back a few cold ones is a blast. Did you mean that to be a knock?

  17. if the packers lose to the bears (dont think they will) but if they do, i guarantee the packer fans will blame it on a “blown call” that should have gone their way , you know, phantom roughing the passer, or a hold that is called against them, and is clear to anyone watching that it is indeed a hold, but packer fans at lambeau would be confused, as they are the least penalized team at home out of the 32 teams…FACT

  18. HagemeisterPark says:

    Vikings still havent sold out season tix.
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    Log on to their site and buy some then, boy genius. I’ll pay you double the price you pay.

  19. Wait till next Saturday when the RAIDERS go to L.A that’s gonna be a blackout shouldn’t be a suprise L.A is Raiders the other 2 teams are L.A’s other teams lol….

  20. I love how even an innocuous article such as this can quickly devolve into whose got the drunkest cities and towns made of turd. I’m sure Ariani will soon be talking to one of his alias’ and the fatcheese impersonator will be on the way shortly.

  21. oij789y8jkhoui says:
    December 14, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Longtimepackerfan says:
    December 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Maybe something the Vikings can add to their empty trophy case during the off season.

    _____________________________________

    Maybe they can look in awe at the clay pottery stone age junk in yours, Mr. 27 years HOF QBs and TWO Lombardis.

    ________________

    That’s still two more than yours.

  22. These Are the Top 20 Drunkest American Cities

    Appleton, WI.
    Oshkosh-Neenah, WI.
    Green Bay, WI.
    Madison, WI.
    Fargo, ND.
    La Crosse – Onalaska, WI.
    Fond du Lac, WI.
    Ames, IA.
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    how ironic because aaron rodgers can’t even drink a beer

  23. There will be a lot of Viking fans from the central valley of California, including myself and family, traveling to the game. Parking is $75, and tickets are about $300 each. They have to make up for the small capacity of the stadium somehow. I wonder what a hotdog and a beer will set me back…..$30?

  24. Well I drove to LA for the game, and have been hanging out by the piers plenty of Viking fans in town.

    Most don’t live too far to drive.
    It’s the LA traffic not the ticket prices that hurt to truthful

    Tickets seem to be around 150, parking is still suspect at this point

    SKOL

  25. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 14, 2019 at 6:22 pm
    Well, one Vikings fan is the size of three normal fans.
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    You talking about that dude that’s dressed up and always sits in the front row of the end zone? I agree. That dude is pretty jacked up. Could probably crush half a dozen packer fans with those biceps.

  26. For the record and for what it’s worth; A Delaware-based financial news and opinion corporation, 24/7 Wall Street, rated Green Bay the highest alcohol consumption city per capita in America. “The study discovered cities with heavy drinking rates also tend to have better-educated, higher earning and healthier populations than cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.”

    Green Bay and Appleton are also among the top ten “dream cities” to live in, according to a recently published Goodcall study. The purpose of the study was to counteract the perception that city living is expensive or dangerous and introduce cities were the cost of living is still affordable while also providing safe communities. All the cities mentioned in their list are located in the Northeast or Midwest and have fewer than 300,000 people. The cities were ranked based on crime rates, their costs of living, amenities such as dining and entertainment, and walkability. The areas chosen for the list show lower crime rates and higher walking scores than some major cities. There’s more to life than tall buildings.

    High rates of alcohol consumption isn’t the same as “drunkest.” You’re dealing with professionals. It’s the Viking fans trying to keep up that cause all the problems.

  27. cellarperformance says:

    For the record and for what it’s worth; A Delaware-based financial news and opinion corporation, 24/7 Wall Street, rated Green Bay the highest alcohol consumption city per capita in America. “The study discovered cities with heavy drinking rates also tend to have better-educated, higher earning and healthier populations than cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.”
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    Apparently, the folks doing that study have never been to Wisconsin, much less Green Bay…

  28. Pretty defensive stella – you know Wisconsin has highest percentage for binge drinking by adults at 26.2 % but way to spin it.

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