Eden Prairie, MN (September 15, 2016) – To celebrate the Minnesota Vikings first regular season game in U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday, September 18, the team has planned a variety of unique pregame elements, as well as an unprecedented halftime show in collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra and its Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Fans are encouraged to arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium early, be in their seats by 7:00 p.m. and remain in their seats during halftime to enjoy each of the following:
Back to Football Bash
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the Delta Vikings Village and the Commons greenspace between Fourth and Fifth Streets and Portland and Park Avenues will open for a free “Back to Football Bash” festival for fans with or without game tickets. The alcohol-free Commons will feature youth activities and a live concert from 3:15-5:30 p.m., while the Delta Vikings Village will include a live concert from 5:30-7:00 p.m., a Miller Lite Beer Garden and several interactive displays near the U.S. Bank Stadium LRT station.
Player Warm-Ups with DJ Skee
Vikings player warm-ups will feature a live DJ performance by artist, television host, and radio personality DJ Skee. The St. Paul, MN, native will perform from the field beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Home Video
Narrated by former Vikings wide receiver Ahmad Rashad, a “Welcome Home” video will be displayed on the videoboards inside U.S. Bank Stadium shortly after 7:00 p.m. This will be the only time the video, which highlights Vikings history and U.S. Bank Stadium, will be shown inside the venue.
Vikings Skol Chant
The Vikings will debut the “Vikings Skol Chant,” a version of the “Vikings War Chant” that was made famous by the Iceland men’s national soccer team after their return from the Euro 2016 this summer. After video appearances by Aron Gunnarsson, the captain of Iceland’s national team, and Thor Bjornsson, a native Icelander and “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, the entire stadium will be led in the chant by Vikings alumni, creating a new tradition as part of the U.S. Bank Stadium fan experience.
Alumni Video/Vikings Introductions
Featuring Vikings alumni Matt Birk, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Randall McDaniel, Alan Page, John Randle, Ahmad Rashad, and Scott Studwell, a new video will welcome the Vikings opponent on to the field and lead into the Vikings new team introduction that features video, audio and a never-before-seen interactive tunnel from which the team will enter.
U.S. Bank Halftime Show
The Vikings encourage fans to stay in their seats during an extended halftime ceremony unlike any other in Vikings history. The team has partnered with the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, as well as event producer and stage director Michael Shann, whose producing experience includes the Closing Ceremony for the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the Opening/Closing for the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. The eight-minute performance, which will feature acclaimed conductor Osmo Vänskä leading the orchestra, celebrates Vikings fans, Minnesota history and Minnesota’s beloved icon Prince. It will include a light and video show featuring 15,000 square feet of projection-mapping on the stadium’s turf.