In just a couple years, Vikings fans will be able to watch their team play its home games in a new, state-of-the-art indoor facility. Until then, however, the Vikings are making their home in the outdoor, more intimate TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
With optimism surrounding the team following a 4-0 preseason and the beginning of new head coach Mike Zimmer's tenure, now is an important time to come out and support your favorite football team. Now is also an opportunistic time to make arrangements to come support the Vikings because for just two more days there are no ticket service fees on your purchase.
Aside from the no ticket fees promotion, which ends on Thursday at 11:59pm, here are five other reasons you have to come see a game at TCF Bank Stadium.
View some of the best images from the 2014 preseason, shot by the Vikings Team Photographer.
1. Help create a new home-field advantageIn over 30 years at the Metrodome, Vikings fans earned a reputation for being some of the loudest and most passionate in the NFL. For the next two seasons, the Vikings need to establish a new home-field advantage, and they can't do that without fans coming to games to cheer them on and make life difficult for the opposing offense.
2. A new era of Vikings football has begun and it looks goodWith the hiring of Zimmer as the ninth head coach in team history, a new era of Vikings football has begun. With several key free agents signed, a 10-member draft class, and a 4-0 preseason record, the new era is off to a great start. There's no reason not to come to home games this year to see it in person.
3. There is weather for everyone Some feel football is best in the elements. No matter what element you prefer, the Vikings temporary home stadium will be sure to provide it at some point. Hot September afternoons, moderate October temperatures, brisk Novembers and ice-cold Decembers are all in store for home Vikings games over the next two seasons.
4. The home opponents are good matchupsThe NFL is never short of drama, and the Vikings home schedule in 2014 won't be, either. The home opener features Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, so fans can see the best the AFC has to offer in Week 2. The Vikings and Packers renew their twice-annual rivalry in Week 12, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III are two of the most dynamic players in the NFL and will both play in Minnesota this year, and then of course Jared Allen will make his return as a member of the Chicago Bears to conclude the season in Week 17.
5. Outdoor football for a limited time only!The new Vikings stadium will have an open-air feel because of the clear roof and pivoting glass doors. But the games won't *actually *be outside. Over the next 30 years, the next 16 regular season home games will be the only home games played outside in Minnesota. Don't miss your chance to see it live!
Click here to purchase single-game tickets, with no service fees, now!