Mike Zimmer: No uniform rule on fans creates competitive disadvantage

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The Vikings have not made an announcement about whether there will be fans at U.S. Bank Stadium when the Vikings host the Packers in Week One, but head coach Mike Zimmer hinted about what that announcement will be when it comes.

Zimmer said Friday that “it looks like we’re not going to have any fans in there early” and said that “really stinks” because of how involved the team’s fans get during games. Crowd sizes in Minnesota are limited to 250 people at the moment and Zimmer said it didn’t make sense to open the building to that number of people.

Other places have less stringent rules governing crowd sizes and Zimmer took issue with the lack of uniformity when it comes to having people in the stands for games.

“I think there are some unfair things going on around it as far as some teams can have fans and some teams can’t,” Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “So I think there is a competitive disadvantage in some of those areas.”

Zimmer said the team will scrimmage at the stadium next Friday with “the scoreboard going and the lights and all the stuff, and the crowd noise that they’ll hear during the game” so that players are used to it before facing the Packers.

22 responses to “Mike Zimmer: No uniform rule on fans creates competitive disadvantage

  1. Agree…..Not fair for super spreaders of 16,000 people to cheer on their team while most owners are instead caring about the health of their communities, thereby barring fans from attending.

  2. Agree with Zimmer. Do not see how it is fair to have some teams play with fans at their home games and others cannot. Competitive advantage

  3. You’d think the NFL, with it’s socialist economic system, would set some sort of reasonable fan limitations. I bet they are setting universal limits on piped in crowd noise — particularly for Atlanta.

  4. Dont ruin the fun for everyone Mike. this one year you will have to deal with different scenarios.

  5. Completely agree. Guarantee you the packers have a full house when the Vikings visit, or atleast half full.

  6. I believe a read an academic study years ago, that determined “home field advantage” isn’t really a thing in the sense that it doesn’t offer THAT much of an “advantage”.

  7. Though it’s obvious crowd noise will be pumped in, it would be great just to hear the players and grunting, yelling and tackling noises, like the old NFL Film days.

  8. I think Zimmer should just worry about playing the game, rather than worrying about fairness/unfairness. Complaining never stops the refs from doing their thing.

  9. Put this in the DUH! column. If you think Zimmer isn’t right, you must be a know it all because players routinely talk about hard environments to play in!!! Thank goodness we have armchair experts to reassure us their perspective is better and more valid than the pros…

  10. Cousins prefers playing without fans. He said so. I’d say that is a Viking advantage. Maybe we’ll all see that guaranteed talent get unleashed.

  11. Oh for Cripes sake, Zimmer, quit crying and Man Up!
    If you really want to whine about something, whine to your elected officials, who’ve created that socialist dumpster fire you’re currently mired in.
    They’re the ones that can’t see what most reasonably minded people can, that a stadium with the capacity of 70,000 can safely seat more than 250 people for a 3 hour football game.
    If you’re truly so concerned about the NFL’s competitive balance, here’s a news flash: Try fielding a competitive football team!
    I mean with someone other than the Lions.

  12. Eric Palms says:
    August 22, 2020 at 1:01 am
    Green Bay was 6-2 on the road, not sure what you are on about

    Ignore him. He’s proven long ago he’s a permanent rider of a short bus.

  13. The tears have really been flowing out of Minnesota lately.
    Mike Zimmer is beginning to sound a whole lot more like those pathetic, crybaby, excuse making Barneys every day.
    Zimmer shouldn’t worry too much, I’m sure the organization will have plenty of synthetic crowd noise pumping through their stadium loud speakers tipping the competitive balance back in their favor.
    They always do.

  14. Zimmer’s not wrong. The bottom line is that the owners would rather get ticket revenue whereever they can than level the playing field.

  15. notagreatfootballmind says:
    August 21, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I believe a read an academic study years ago, that determined “home field advantage” isn’t really a thing in the sense that it doesn’t offer THAT much of an “advantage”.


    You can’t tell me that going to a place like Seattle or KC where the opposing players can’t even hear what’s going on isn’t a significant advantage.

  16. How are they going to simulate and add fan noise if there aren’t fans?

    Commissioner, you’re putting some random audio guy out of work here!

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