The Minnesota Vikings are a professional National Football League (NFL) team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They belong to the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). They currently play their home games at Mall of America Field in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, located at 900 South 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis, but are on the verge of a new stadium deal. The Minnesota Vikings were the 14th franchise and began play on September 17, 1961.
The Minnesota Vikings have a tradition of greatness. Named after the Nordic people who were ancestors to Minnesota's large population of Scandinavian Americans, the Vikings possess both physical and mental toughness.
Since the late 1960s, the Vikings have been one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NFL. During the 1970s head coach Bud Grant steered the team to four Super Bowls. Grant also assembled one of the fiercest defenses in NFL history. Known collectively as the Purple People Eaters, players such as linemen Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Alan Page "devoured" opposing offenses.
The Vikings have successfully won the division 16 times, are one of five NFL teams to win 15 games during the regular season and became the first team to appear in four Super Bowls. But the club also became the first team to lose four Super Bowls. The much coveted Super Bowl Champion title appears to be the Achilles' heal of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings have had many successful coaches including the legendary Bud Grant. In 17 seasons Grant led Minnesota to 12 playoff appearances, 11 division titles and 4 Super Bowls. Other coaches include Les Steckel, Dennis Green, Mike Tice, Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings have had many successful seasons despite not winning the "Big Game." In 1998, the Vikings set an NFL record with 556 points and came within 4 points of a perfect season, going 15-1.
The Vikings have had many great players as well. The Vikings have been the home team to Hall of Famers like Fran Tarkenton, Carl Eller and Alan Page. Great players like Jim Marshall, Chuck Foreman, Ahmad Rashad, Tommy Kramer, Joey Browner, Keith Millard, John Randle, Scott Studwell and Jack Del Rio have all donned the purple and gold jerseys of the Minnesota Vikings. Most recently, the Vikings have been the home team for quarterback Brett Favre.
The Minnesota Vikings will continue to put on nail biting performances again next year and fans won't want to miss one single game. Buy your tickets early because win or lose, a Minnesota Vikings home game is an experience to remember!