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The Minnesota Vikings are a professional football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1960, the Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team. They now compete in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The team has also previously competed in the NFL’s Western Conference Central Division and NFC Central division. Also known as The Vikes, the Minnesota Vikings play their home games at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They don purple, gold and white colored uniforms and are sometimes referred to as “The Purple People Eaters”. Since they played their inaugural season in 1961, the Vikings have been to four Super Bowls, however they have yet to win their first.
The team’s fans are known for wearing “Helga hats”, which is believed to have been worn by Viking warriors. If you are looking for the Minnesota Vikings tickets, they are available here.
Professional football can be found in the Twin Cities as far back as the 1920s, when the Minneapolis Marines joined the American Professional Football Association (APFA – precursor to the NFL). The Marines however folded in 1924 and another team, the Minneapolis Red Jackets was established in 1929. This team too could not survive and joined the Frankford Yellow Jackets after playing only two seasons. A new team would not emerge in the Twin Cities till the founding of the Minnesota Vikings in 1960. The team’s name pays homage to Minnesota’s Scandinavian American culture.
The Vikings had an promising start as they defeated the Chicago Bears 37-13 for their first regular season game. However, as it is typically with every other expansion team, the Vikings struggled and finished their inaugural season at 3-11. The team’s first winning season came in 1964. The Vikings would have to wait till 1968 to make it into their first playoff season.
Their first NFL Central Championship and playoff berth in 1968 was the result of a solid defense. Being an expansion team, the Vikings struggled throughout the 1960s, but they kept building a solid defense with star players such as Jim Marshall, Gary Larsen, Carl Eller, and Alan Page. Collectively, the Vikings’ defense was called the Purple People Eaters.
In 1969, the Vikings were an all-round impressive team. They finished their regular season at 12-2, which included 12 back-to-back wins. They advanced into the playoffs and for the divisional championship game, defeated the Rams 23-20. They then advanced to the NFL Championship game (last pre-merger NFL Championship Game) and met the Cleveland Browns. The Vikings defense was ferocious and decimated the Browns 27-7. They won their first NFL Championship and with that became the first expansion team to achieve the feat. The Minnesota Vikings were now in Super Bowl IV and the favorites to win. However, The Kansas City Chiefs pulled an upset and won the game 23-7.
Purple People Eaters in the 70s
The Vikings were unstoppable in the 1970s. They made it into eight playoffs during the decade at the back of their formidable defense. Their next three Super Bowl appearance would also be during this decade.
The Minnesota Vikings’ second Super Bowl appearance was in 1974. They started off their regular season (1973-74) with nine consecutive wins and finished the season at 12-2. In the playoffs, they defeated the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys and met the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII in Houston’s Rice Stadium. However, the Vikings would lose again.
The Vikings 1974-75 season will once again take them to another Super Bowl in 1975. During the regular season, the Vikings’ defense dominated and the team finished with a 10-4 record. Once in the playoffs, the Vikings were up against formidable opponents like the Rams and Cardinals. The Vikings had however perfected their plays under harsh weather conditions and defeated both teams on their then home field, Metropolitan Stadium. They advanced into Super Bowl IX, which was played in New Orleans’ Tulane Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Vikings 16-6.
Not the ones to give in easily, the Vikings once again made the Super Bowl in 1977. Super Bowl XI was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the Vikings were defeated by the Oakland Raiders 32-14.
Post-Super Bowl Vikings
Since their last Super Bowl appearance, the Minnesota Vikings have seen many ups and downs. Since 1977, the team has gone on to win seven NFC Central and three NFC North Division Championships. Furthermore, they have secured many playoff berths, 2015 being their last.
With star players such as Adrian Peterson, Harrison Smith, and Linval Johnson, the Vikings’ fans are hopeful for another Super Bowl appearance in the coming years. If you want to watch the next Vikings game, the Minnesota Vikings tickets are available here.
The Vikings Culture
The Vikings’ fans wear Helga hats. These hats are hand assembled in the Twin Cities area and are purple in color with white horns and blonde braids.
Gjallarhorn, the Vikings’ horn, is also loudly played at every Vikings game, especially when the team has scores or makes a big play. This horn is also played during pre-game ceremonies. In addition, the Vikings fight song “Skol, Vikings” is played when the team scores a touchdown or scores points. “Skol, Vikings” is also played at the end of each half. The Vikings have another fight song too, which was sung by the late Prince in 2010 – “Purple and Gold”.
The Minnesota Vikings’ fans eagerly wait for games against the Lions, Bears and Packers. Given the geographical proximity of the Twin Cities and Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Vikings-Packers rivalry is the biggest in the NFC North and one of the most intense in the entire league.
The New Vikings Home
The Vikings have been playing their home games at the U.S. Bank Stadium since 2016. The facility cost $1.13 billion and has ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) plastic built roof. It is a clear space-age plastic, which opens up the field to natural light and the elements. The Stadium is however temperature controlled and the fans are kept cozy, when enjoying their football games.