Vikings Officially Announce No Fans For First 2 Home Games
Say it ain't Skol! Forget blowing the Gjallarhornm or Skol chants erupting during the first two Minnesota Vikings home games this season. The Vikings this morning officially announced they will not be allowing fans for 'at least' the first two home games this season.
"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. 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. As a result, the first two Vikings home games on Sunday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 27, will be closed to the public. We will continue to work with the appropriate officials on our plans with the hope of bringing fans back in a safe manner later this season."
The announcement comes after the NFL has already canceled the preseason that features 2 home and 2 away games to get tuned up for the NFL season, and to help teams trim down their rosters.
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer in the release is quoted as saying; "Some stadiums, they're allowing people in, and it looks like we're not going to have any fans there early, which really stinks because we have such unbelievable fans, and they make that place rocking every Sunday."
Crowd noise will be pumped into the stadium for the first two home games, and it will be played while the team is on both offense and defense.