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Guide to Game Day: Vikings-Cowboys Halloween Game Logistics & Entertainment


This one has a chance to be more spectacular than spooky.

The Vikings (3-3) will host the Cowboys (5-1) at 7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The matchup will mark the ninth time the Vikings have ever played on Halloween and first since 2016. Minnesota is 0-2 all-time when hosting on the holiday.

This is also the first time the Vikings and Cowboys have met in three consecutive seasons since 1998-2000. Minnesota won 28-24 at Dallas in 2019 on SNF, but the Cowboys prevailed 31-28 in an empty U.S. Bank Stadium last season.

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween costumes will be permitted, but they must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Fake weapons such as knives, guns, whips, etc., are not allowed.
  • Clothing must be appropriate and not obscene or offensive.
  • Costumes may not interfere with other fans' sightlines.
  • Full-face masks are not allowed.


Getting to U.S. Bank 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.

Increased Exterior Security

With Sunday's game being the Vikings first regular-season night game this year and with the anticipated increased downtown activity due to Halloween, the Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium operator ASM are expanding the security presence outside U.S. Bank Stadium. Fans will see easily identifiable safety ambassadors present throughout several blocks surrounding the stadium. Lighting towers will be strategically placed near parking lots and parking ramps, and a number of Vikings internal security members will patrol the area via golf carts. At the conclusion of the game, law enforcement officers and BEST security representatives from inside U.S. Bank Stadium will be redeployed to the stadium perimeter and the surrounding area.

Light Rail Closure

This Sunday, light rail train service from the U.S. Bank Stadium Station will conclude at approximately 11:30 p.m. While Metro Transit will provide additional trains and train operators at the end of the game to assist in clearing the light rail platform prior to 11:30, fans who typically use light rail to attend Vikings games should plan accordingly to ensure a seamless departure from Sunday night's game. Plan your trip online at

Skyway Access

A skyway route (map below) will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight



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.

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

Before kickoff, the Vikings and the State of Minnesota are partnering to host a free, pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. This clinic will be in the same location as before home games against the Browns and Lions.

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

NBC (KARE 11 in the Twin Cities) will provide television coverage, and 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 Staff Writer/Assistant Editor Lindsey Young will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 5 p.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 and in the mobile app.

"Dalvin Cook: No Masquerade, All Ball" is the cover story.

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.

Start your free trial of NFL Game Pass.

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.

Face Coverings

To reduce the risk of being infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant and spreading it to others, the CDC is currently recommending all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in public indoor settings. While face coverings will not be required inside U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings are strongly encouraging fans to follow CDC guidelines and wear masks inside the stadium.

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.


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

The Delta Vikings Village will open at 3:30 p.m. and close one hour after the game ends.

It will include the following activities:

Live music performed by GB Leighton from 4 to 7 p.m.

Spaces sponsored by Andersen Windows + Doors, Crown Royal, Hy-Vee, Mystic Lake and Xcel Energy

Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Longhouse (opens at 3:30 p.m.) and additional locations throughout the plaza

Vikings Table food truck is offering new cheese curds

Vikings Locker Room Store merchandise trailers

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

Autographs by Vikings Legends Dave Osborn and Stu Voigt

The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)

Check out the Vikings Tailgate Garden and enjoy your favorite Molson Coors while DJ A-Quill entertains from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Numerous family-friendly activities are planned for The Commons, including the following:

Minnesota Vikings Chuck for Charity

Inflatable games, tailgate games and face painting

Performances by the SKOL Line and Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

Food Trucks: All Square and Hy-Vee

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

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 7 p.m.

National Anthem

Cam Anthony, the winner of Season 20 of NBC's The Voice, will sing the National Anthem.

Color Guard

Minnesota Air National Guard

Gjallarhorn & Halftime Ceremony

Vikings Legend Steve Hutchinson, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020 and enshrined this past August, will sound the Gjallarhorn. Hutchinson will be presented his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence during a halftime ceremony.

Player Warmups

DJ Skee returns with a set-list composed of players' favorite warmup songs. The SkeeTV host, Dash radio founder and St. Paul native is widely considered a leading voice in the hip-hop community.

TCO Legends Connection

Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter will be interviewed by Greg Coleman during a break in the first quarter, and Hutchinson will be interviewed in the third quarter.

In-game presentation

Summer and winter Olympians from Minnesota will be recognized during the third quarter.

Legends Autographs

The following Vikings Legends plan to sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m.

Delta Sky 360° Club — Paul Krause

Medtronic Club — Rickey Young

FMP Club — Robert Tate

Polaris Club — Robert Griffith

Little Six Club — Captain Munnerlyn

Mystic Lake Club Purple — Pat Williams

U.S. Bank Stadium Photo Op

Kevin Williams, who joined the Vikings Ring of Honor this year, will be available for photos.

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


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.

Sunday's Hometown Heroes are U.S. Paralympic athletes. Mallory Weggemann (swimming), Chuck Aoki and Joe Delagrave (wheelchair rugby) and Mike Schultz (snowboarding) are scheduled to attend.

Vikings Fancam Presented by U.S. Bank

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

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.

Opening Drive Sweepstakes Presented by Kwik Trip

Buy a Pothole Pizza or a 20-oz Pepsi product with your Kwik Rewards Card and you are entered for your chance to win cash in the Vikings Opening Drive. Buy both a Pothole Pizza and a Pepsi product and you will earn 10 bonus entries. Game-day contestants will have the chance to win a Ford Bronco Sport from Northland Ford Dealers at the end of the season. Stop by any Minnesota Kwik Trip store 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.

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

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 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.

Vikings Button-Up Presented by Miller Lite

The Vikings and Miller Lite are partnering to create a limited-edition, co-branded button-up shirt to benefit the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. With a minimum donation of $40, you will receive a shirt. All proceeds (minus a small processing fee) will go directly to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation courtesy of Miller Lite.

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