Zygi Wilf and the Vikings ownership group enter the 11th season they have led the franchise in 2015 poised on the biggest steps forward in the history of the club. The team is set to move into its new state-of-the-art stadium next season, host Super Bowl LII in February 2018 and have a core of young talent and coaching staff in place to perform on the field.
The Vikings are playing the final season in their temporary home at the University of Minnesota in 2015, a transition that led the team to a 5-3 home record in 2014. The club is preparing to go into the new downtown stadium for the 2016 season with a team gaining confidence and experience.
As the largest construction project in state history, the new stadium will also create thousands of jobs and have a significant economic impact on the region, both during construction and as a multi-use facility capable of hosting more events than any stadium in the country.
Wilf served as Honorary Co-Chair of the Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee and led conversations with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL owners that resulted in Minnesota being named host of Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Minnesota will host the event for the 2nd time, the previous being Super Bowl XXVI on January 26, 1992, and Wilf will continue to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.
Throughout their tenure, the Wilf’s ownership has established success on the field and with civic and corporate leadership in the community. Over the last eight years, the team has enhanced its already strong reputation as an NFL leader in community relations activities and has raised its level of involvement in civic and business endeavors. Under the stewardship of the Wilfs, the franchise delivered a historic public-private partnership to build a state-of-the-art, multi-use stadium as the centerpiece of an economic development package for the state and region. The Vikings ownership is committed to investing in the state’s economy and is dedicated to a world-class showcase for Minnesota’s sporting future.
Wilf leads an ownership group that closely mirrors the structure that has led the Wilf family to national prominence in their business ventures with Garden Homes Development, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial and private residential development. Joining Wilf in the Vikings venture are his brother, Mark, cousin, Leonard, son, Jonathan, and nephew, Jeffrey, along with associates from outside the family.
The journey for Wilf from avid New York Giants fan sitting in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium in the 1960s to taking over the leadership of one of the NFL’s proudest franchises has been marked by bold and well-founded business decisions, commitment to family and employees, and dedication to community.
Throughout the Wilf family’s rise to prominence in real estate development, the consistent focus on philanthropy and never losing touch with family roots has been a foundation and philosophy.
Building a championship team with character has been at the core of the Wilf ownership group’s growth as NFL owners. The Wilf family has stayed close to their roots, donating generously to heart-felt causes at home and throughout the world.
Wilf, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, emigrated with his parents from Europe to the United States in the early 1950s and settled in New Jersey.
Zygi attended nearby Fairleigh Dickinson University, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and later graduated from New York Law School in Manhattan. Wilf, and wife, Audrey, have four children. Wilf was recognized in 2013 with the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Tank Younger Award in honor of his commitment to hiring and promoting minority candidates on the football and business side of the Vikings franchise.