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Guide to Game Day: Logistics & Entertainment Elements for Vikings-Bears Game

The Vikings (7-9) and Bears (6-10) will meet at noon (CT) Sunday to close out their 2021 seasons.

The NFL and the Vikings introduced the inaugural Inspire Change games across the NFL in Week 17 and are continuing them this week.

The Vikings have initiated multiple "Be the Change" efforts, including the recent commitment of another $1 million to organizations that advance social justice.

Vikings Statement on Minneapolis Mask Mandate:

Due to the city-wide mask mandate announced Jan. 5 by Mayor Jacob Frey and the City of Minneapolis, fans attending Sunday's Vikings-Bears game at U.S. Bank Stadium will be required to wear face coverings at all times inside the stadium, except when eating or drinking.

As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to comply with state and local guidelines in the best interests of health and safety.

Logistics

Getting to U.S. Bank Stadium

Vikings.com/stadium includes information regarding health and safety protocols, parking, tailgating, rideshare and public transit options. It also includes an A to Z guide, maps, and information about the NFL's bag policy and the fan code of conduct.

Skyway Access

A skyway route (map below) will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Traffic/Construction

Due to construction at the intersection of 11th Avenue S and Washington Avenue S, fans will not be allowed to travel south on 11th Avenue S from Washington Avenue and must use detour routes.

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities) will provide television coverage. KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network will broadcast the game.

Click here for all of the ways to watch/listen/stream the game.

Minnesota Vikings mobile app

Keep the Vikings nearby wherever you go with the Minnesota Vikings mobile app. A source for news and exclusive features, the app also will stream video broadcasts of games for people in the market/broadcast area of each game.

The Minnesota Vikings mobile app is available for iPhone and Android.

Verizon 5G Multi-View

New at U.S. Bank Stadium for 2021, Verizon 5G Multi-View features up to seven live camera angles through the Minnesota Vikings app, giving fans multiple looks at plays to enhance their game-day experience. Verizon 5G Multi-View is available only on IOS 5G-capable devices at select stadiums.

Live Chat

Vikings.com Staff Writer/Assistant Editor Lindsey Young will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. (CT). Join the conversation with Young, Team Reporter Eric Smith and Senior Editor Craig Peters before the game and stay connected with in-game updates.

Vikings Playbook (digital version)

The return of fans means the return to U.S. Bank Stadium by the Vikings Playbook. A digital version is available for all at vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.

NFL Game Pass

Can't catch this one live or in-person? NFL Game Pass has you covered. Beyond live streaming for subscribers, it features full-length and condensed games on-demand and other NFL programming and features.

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Health & Safety Protocols

Cashless Experience

For safety and efficiency purposes, cash payments are no longer accepted inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Fans must bring credit and debit cards or use contactless options like Apple Pay for all purchases.

Enhanced Cleaning

U.S. Bank Stadium offers a clean and safe environment for guests through the virus-fighting protection of a bi-polar ionization system installed in every air-handling unit in the venue. Additionally, the Vikings partnered with Ecolab to implement the Ecolab Science Certified TM program at U.S. Bank Stadium, which earned the Science Certified seal through an audit process.

Health Screenings

For the safety of all fans, players and game day staff, if within the 14 days preceding the game a fan has tested positive for COVID-19, has experienced COVID-19-related symptoms or is feeling generally unwell, he/she should stay home. Should a fan begin to feel unwell while at U.S. Bank Stadium, a game-day staff member should be notified immediately; appropriate facilities and resources are available as necessary.

Activities

Delta Vikings Village (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)

Due to extremely cold temperatures in the forecast, the Delta Vikings Village will be closed.

Food and beverages will be available from Aramark at The Longhouse (open from 9 a.m. to kickoff)

Bag check (on Park Avenue, just south of 4th Street and north of the Light Rail tracks; open from 10 a.m. until one hour after the game; cost is $10 per bag)

The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Commons is closed for the rest of the season.

Game Elements

"Showtime" sequence

In a nod to the 2016 U.S. Bank Stadium opening, which featured a halftime performance by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vikings partnered with the Minnesota Orchestra for the grand reopening. This offseason, keyboardist and former member of The New Power Generation Tommy Barbarella composed "Symphony of the North," which was then conducted by world-renowned Music Director Osmo Vänskä and performed by the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra for use in the Vikings pregame show. Vänskä is in his final year as music director in 2021-2022.

The piece is part of the new "Showtime" sequence that features new dramatic team introductions prefaced by Vikings Ring of Honor member Jim Marshall's "Odin Story." The ironman and longtime team captain who started a franchise-record 270 consecutive games will lead other Legends in a video.

Note: The Vikings strongly suggest fans try to make it to their seats by 11:45 a.m.

National Anthem

Sounds of Blackness, a three-time Grammy-winning ensemble established in the Twin Cities in 1971, will perform the National Anthem.

Color Guard

The colors will be presented by United States Marines.

Gjallarhorn

Two-time Pro Bowl receiver and 1976 Offensive Rookie of the Year Sammy White will sound the Gjallarhorn. White was just elected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2022.

Halftime

The Minnesota Wind Chill will host the Chicago Union in an American Ultimate Disc League showcase.

Player Warmups

DJ Ray Mills returns with a set-list composed of players' favorite warmup songs.

TCO Legends Connection

Greg Coleman, who is retiring, will interview Chester Taylor.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Bears.

Legends Autographs

The following Vikings Legends plan to sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Delta Sky 360° Club — Ed McDaniel

Medtronic Club — Stu Voigt

FMP Club — Mistral Raymond

Polaris Club — Doug Sutherland

Little Six Club — Willie Howard

Mystic Lake Club Purple — Sammy White

Split the Pot for the Minnesota Vikings Foundation

Split the Pot is a new raffle program that will give one lucky game day winner a chance to share the jackpot with the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. Raffle tickets of one, 10, 70, 200 and 500 can be purchased, ranging in price from $5 - $100 with a debit card from sellers outside on the Plaza and in the Commons and inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Sales will end at the 2-minute warning of the fourth quarter, and the winner will be posted on the Vikings Table Twitter account and online by 5 p.m. Monday.

In-stadium kiosk locations are near Sections 101, 107, 113, 124, 136, 301, 314, 327 and 342.

View photos of Vikings players from practice on Jan. 5 at the TCO Performance Center.

Promotions

Hometown Heroes Presented by U.S. Bank

During each home game, U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings will recognize individuals who have helped make our community a better place. The program honors individuals who have gone to extraordinary measures to make positive differences in the community.

In connection to Sunday's Inspire Change game and the Vikings "Be the Change" efforts, our Hometown Hero is Nya Sigin, a freshman at Prior Lake High School. Nya overcame being the target of bullying and racism in a video made by classmates.

That Deserves A Crown

Crown Royal believes in sustainability and supporting clean water initiatives and is proud to present Dodge Nature Center with a $1,000 grant. Founded in 1967 as one of the first nature centers in Minnesota, Dodge continues to be a pioneer in environmental education. Dodge opened one of the first nature-based preschools in the U.S. in 2000, which has inspired the creation of similar schools, and hosts numerous low- or no-cost events to provide accessible outdoor activities for families and adults.

Pepsi Stronger Together

Through its Stronger Together program, Pepsi committed $50,000 to the Raise the Barr foundation that was co-founded by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and his mother Lori. The money will provide scholarships and resources to single parents who are pursuing college degrees.

Innovative Office Solutions

In partnership with the Vikings and Post-it, Innovative Office Solutions launched the Field Goals for Charity program, committing $250 for each field goal made by the Vikings (up to $5,000) for The Salvation Army's mission to meet human needs.

Vikings Fancam Presented by U.S. Bank

The Vikings Fancam captures your excitement throughout the game. Tag yourself and enter to win prizes at vikings.fancam.com.

Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks®

THEY score, YOU save! Shop your local Hy-Vee store following game day to receive great fuel savings. Simply spend the same amount that the Vikings scored, and earn a one-cent credit on your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks® card. If the Vikings score 14 points, spend $14 or more the next day and earn 14 cents of credit on your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks® card. Promotion valid at all Minnesota Hy-Vee locations; some limitations apply. See stores for details.

Vikings Win, You Win!

Buy one Pothole Pizza from Kwik Trip and get the second one free the day after a Vikings win.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

Pepsi Prize Pack

Simply scan your Pepsi cup with the Vikings app or select "Augmented Reality" within the Vikings app to unlock Vikings photo filters. Share yours using #VikingsGameFace for your chance to win! For full contest rules, visit vikings.com/VikingsGameFace.

Sacks for Apps Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings brings you "Sacks for Apps" during all Vikings home and away games this season! When the Vikings record two or more sacks in a game, all fans score a free appetizer with a minimum purchase of $5. Offer is valid for three days after each eligible game. Visit vikings.com/bww for your digital coupon and offer details.

#VikingsHAIR Presented by Spalon Montage

Spalon Montage is giving one lucky fan a $100 gift card. Tweet a photo of you at the game to @vikingspromo using #VikingsHAIR for a chance to win.

Beanies That Benefit Presented by Polaris

The Vikings and Polaris created a limited-edition beanie to raise funds for Every Meal, a Minnesota-based charity committed to ending children's hunger. With a minimum donation of $20, you will receive an exclusive beanie and help fund Every Meal's "Weekend Food Program." To show additional support, Polaris will also match your minimum donation on every hat purchased.

Charity Auction Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation

Bid on the latest and greatest Vikings memorabilia for auction benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. By registering for the auction, you will be the first to know about new items, one-of-a-kind art pieces and exclusive experiences. How else are you going to get on the field on game day or meet your favorite Vikings Legend? Bids close at the end of the third quarter, and you do not need to be present to bid or win. Browse all items for auction at bidpal.net/vikings2021.

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