Vikings-Bengals Game Elements

Posted Dec 15, 2017

The Vikings (10-3) will host the Bengals (5-8) at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

This will be the 13th meeting between the two franchises in a series that began in 1973. The home team has won 11 of 12 contests in this series, with Minnesota going 1-0 at Metropolitan Stadium and 4-0 inside the Metrodome.

The Vikings will recognize the 2017 Vikings All-State Team during halftime.

Here’s a look at logistics, events and activities inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium:

Delta Vikings Village opens: 9:30 a.m.

Stadium gates open: 9:30 a.m.

Kickoff: Noon

A dedicated core Skyway route will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

On the airwaves

National Television: CBS (Channel 4 in the Twin Cities)

Play-by-play: Ian Eagle; Analyst: Dan Fouts; Sideline: Evan Washburn

National Radio: Sports USA

Play-by-play: Josh Appel; Analyst: Hank Bauer

Local Radio: KFAN 100.3-FM in the Twin Cities and across the five-state Vikings Radio Network will carry the game. A pre-game show with Mike Mussman will start at 10 a.m.

Play-by-play: Paul Allen; Analyst: Pete Bercich; Sideline: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

In-stadium elements

Color Guard: Minnesota Army National Guard

National Anthem:  Tim Montana, a country music singer and songwriter who opened for ZZ Top and Kid Rock in 2016, will perform the National Anthem.

Gjallarhorn: Robert J. O'Neill, United States Navy SEAL

Honorary Captain: Eden Prairie LB Antonio Montero, who was named 2017 Mr. Football by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association

U.S. Bank Hometown Hero: During each home game, U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings will recognize individuals who have helped make our community a better place. We will honor Minnesotans who have gone to extraordinary measures.

Sunday’s Hometown Heroes are Golden Valley Police Officers Danny Pacholke and Matt Boelter and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Breems. The officers helped rescue a child from a burning vehicle at Bassett Creek in October. Pacholke climbed into the smoke-filled vehicle and rescued the child.

Halftime: Join us as we recognize 32 high school football players who have been named to the 2017 Minnesota All-State Football Team. The honorary squad was selected by a committee of sportswriters, broadcasters, Vikings staff members and Minnesota high school football coaches.

Special Recognition: The Vikings are proud to salute the accomplishments of former University of Minnesota men’s basketball public address announcer Dick Jonckowski, who also was an usher of the Vikings for 17 seasons.

Minnesota Vikings Foundation: The Vikings new social impact department will be raising money for the Minnesota Vikings Foundation by selling limited edition T-shirts specially designed for the Vikings-Bengals game. The T-shirt costs are being covered by U.S. Bank so that all sales can go to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.

The Foundation also will be holding two silent auctions that offer Vikings memorabilia and exclusive experiences:

One silent auction will occur in the PrimesSport Longhouse outside of the stadium from 9 a.m. to kickoff.

Another silent auction will occur in the Lower Pentair Gate from 11 a.m. until the end of the third quarter.


Vikings Legends will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at multiple locations inside U.S. Bank Stadium and in the Delta Vikings Village. Autographs are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Locations inside U.S. Bank Stadium (game ticket required):

Delta Sky360 Club: Mark Mullaney
Medtronic Club: Doug Sutherland
FMP Club: Vencie Glenn
Hyundai Club: Carl Eller
Buffalo Wild Wings Club: Benny Sapp

Locations outside U.S. Bank Stadium

Delta Vikings Village (no game ticket required):

Stu Voigt
Leo Lewis

Medtronic Plaza (game ticket required):

Dave Dixon

Out-of-stadium elements

Delta Vikings Village Activities:

The Delta Vikings Village will open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to fans with and without game tickets.

Partner activation:

CenturyLink, Hy-Vee, KFAN, Mills Fleet Farm, Medtronic, Mystic Lake, Sleep Number and U.S. Bank are scheduled to have fan-engagement areas.

Delta Vikings Village Stage timeline:

Skitzo Fonik will perform from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders & SKOL Line Performance 10:30 a.m.

PrimeSport Longhouse:

The PrimeSport Longhouse will be open before, during and after Sunday’s game to fans with or without game tickets.

Food Information:

Aramark will be serving tailgate fare from the Prime Sport Longhouse and the permanent building on Delta Vikings Village.

Beer, wine and the “Purple Passion” drink will be available for purchase in multiple locations. A Bloody Mary bar also will be open.


The Vikings Locker Room Store will have two merchandise trucks located in the Delta Vikings Village.

New Exit Route from Vikings Games Planned for Sunday

Fans leaving the Vikings-Bengals game this Sunday can once again expect a new option for accessing nearby freeways via local streets.
At the beginning of the 4th quarter, 3rd Street, currently a westbound one-way, will become a two-way street via a contraflow lane between Park Avenue and 11th Avenue S. The reverse lane will allow fans to head east on 3rd Street before merging on to eastbound 4th Street via a crossover prior to the exits leading to I-35W and westbound I-94.
Expected to remain in place until approximately one hour after the game, the contraflow lane is designed to improve traffic flow around U.S. Bank Stadium after Vikings games and major events. Because 4th Street, an eastbound one-way, is closed for security purposes prior to and during major events at U.S. Bank Stadium, fans previously have traveled north to Washington Avenue in order to access the freeways. This change provides fans, particularly those departing ramps or surface lots directly north of U.S. Bank Stadium, with quicker freeway access.
This will be just the second use of the alternative post-game departure route, and the Vikings are encouraging fans to be patient.