Vikings announce they won’t have fans at first two home games

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suggested last week that the team would not have fans in attendance at U.S. Bank Stadium when the regular season gets underway and the team confirmed it on Tuesday.

The Vikings announced that they will not have fans in attendance when they face the Packers in Week One and the Titans in Week Three.

“Over the past several months, we have collaborated with U.S. Bank Stadium partners, the NFL, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis to determine the best way to safely and responsibly host a limited number of fans at Vikings home games,” the team said in a statement. “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority. Based on our conversations and the current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that specify an indoor venue capacity of 250, we have determined it is not the right time to welcome fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium.”

The Vikings went on to say that they hope their conversations with those parties will allow them to play games against fans later in the season. Their next home game is scheduled for October 18 against the Falcons.

15 responses to “Vikings announce they won’t have fans at first two home games

  1. It’s going to be tough to have any fans at any games this season. But if it means we can actually have a full season (a big if), then I’ll take it.

  2. Imagine the heartache they are saving Viking Fan by avoiding the silent drive home after the game.

  3. Just another drawback to playing in a dome.
    They’re terrible for football, as well as the plague!

  4. stellarperformance says:
    August 25, 2020 at 10:28 am
    Imagine the heartache they are saving Viking Fan by avoiding the silent drive home after the game.

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    Vikings record at US Bank Stadium since it opened in 2016: 23-9
    Packers record at Lambeau Field in that same time span: 22-9-1

    Looks like Packers fans know exactly how Vikings fans feel…

  5. This is the type of arbitrary rule we’ve been dealing with in this state since the governor realized he had the power to control people’s lives. They made a rule that you could have up to 25% capacity indoors but only up to a maximum of 250 people. Well, don’t you think there’s a bit of a difference between a 1,000-seat venue and US Bank Stadium? No science behind any of it, no explanations. You know the Vikings were working with the state to allow more than 250 and they wouldn’t budge. You could put 15,000 people in there and not even notice they were there.

  6. In many ways the issue is cost — there has to be a certain number to make it cost-effective to open the stadium to fans, and I suspect that delta isn’t reached until you hit 20,000 or so fans. It’s a shame fans won’t be able to visit what has been rated the top 1 or 2 NFL stadium venues, significantly higher than the outdated bench-o-rama to the east.

  7. So the Vikes will pump in the sound of a full stadium right? Including the moans and gasps?

  8. They’ll need a few games to gel into the 7-9 monster they’re destined to be.

    Their record wasn’t indicative of how bad they really were.

  9. After the packers 49ers stink job it will take them 3 years to recover!
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    Your team scored half as many points against them and lost by the same margin the previous week.

  10. You know us. We’re so jealous that your team has never had the pressure of being defending Super Bowl champions.

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