Vikings hold out hope for full stadium, busy training camp

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The Vikings, who enjoy one of the best home-field advantages in football, had none in 2020. They hope to get it back in 2021.

With plans in place to end COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota by July 1, the Vikings look forward to a full house at U.S. Bank Stadium this season. Before that, they hope to have solid crowds every day at training camp.

“The next thing up is training camp, so we want to bring 4,000 to 5,000 people a day to training camp, which then leads into our preseason,’’ Vikings executive V.P. of public affairs Lester Bagley told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “A lot of work to be done and we need to bring the vaccination rate up and get that 70 percent that the governor has talked about.’’

Governor Tim Walz currently plans to end all statewide COVID-19 restrictions after June 30. He could relax standards sooner than that, if the state reaches a vaccination rate of 70 percent.

“We’re hopeful in evaluating the governor’s latest information and marching forward to training camp and hopefully a season with full houses at U.S. Bank Stadium,” Bagley said. “We’re encouraged by the governor’s announcement and the fact that [training camp is] outside, but it’s also important to our football team, it’s important to our brand to bring our fans there. That’s a top priority for our organization for 2021 is a return of fans starting with training camp and then obviously U.S. Bank Stadium to follow.”

That will be huge for the Vikings, both financially and competitively. With some states and stadiums already destined to throw the doors open for 2021, other teams will face a strategic disadvantage if their stadiums aren’t full. The Vikings were hampered in 2020 with no fans present for the full season; this year, more fans will mean more noise will mean more disruptions for the opponent and, in turn, will mean more chances to win.

In 2020, the Vikings started 0-3 and then 1-4 at home. They finished 3-5 at home, and 4-4 on the road. In most years, a 4-4 record away from Minnesota would guarantee a record of at least 9-7 if not 10-6 or 11-5 based on the team’s success in its own stadium.

10 responses to “Vikings hold out hope for full stadium, busy training camp

  1. Most of the predicted offensive line has never even met each other let alone played together. The secondary is a little better but the same is true of the defensive line. We desperately need preseason and practice to come even remotely close to reaching our potential.

  2. I actually really like the Covid restrictions and don’t want to go back to “normal” lmao

  3. I’d say the defense last year had a whole lot more to do with their record than no home crowds. The defense is already way better. Hunter, Pierce, Barr, Kendricks. And now Tomlinson. That’s what, almost 70 games total of missing top line personnel last year?

  4. footballguy says:
    May 11, 2021 at 10:32 am
    I’d say the defense last year had a whole lot more to do with their record than no home crowds. The defense is already way better. Hunter, Pierce, Barr, Kendricks. And now Tomlinson. That’s what, almost 70 games total of missing top line personnel last year?
    ////////// Don’t forget Peterson. He will have a big impact both on and off the field.

  5. It will be nice to get back to the stadium and commence with the SKOL chant that irritates the hell out of opposing fans.

  6. If Walz is ending restrictions, every state will be ending restrictions.

  7. Cousins has no excuses now. O line SHOULD be fixed. Great RB, Great Wrs, decent TEs.

    2 new run stuffers in the middle of the defense, HUnter, Barr and Kendricks back at full strength. revamped secondary.

    As long as everyone stays healthy, Minnesota should be pretty competitive for the playoffs and once you get there, anything can happen. I’d still like to see Kerrigan signed and possibly a WR3. I’m cautiously optimistic.

  8. “The Vikings, who enjoy one of the best home-field advantages in football” said no one but Florio. Seatte yes. Pack yes. KC yes. Vikes not really.

  9. “ Cousins has no excuses now. O line SHOULD be fixed. Great RB, Great Wrs, decent TEs.”

    I am not sold Rick Dennison won’t do more harm than good with the line. I would have been a lot more optimistic if I thought he could coach. But despite investing draft Capitol in the line, each year under him has been worse even with some players performing well. You are right the O line should be fixed. But I wish I could believe it.

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