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Guide to Game Day: Vikings-Patriots for Thanksgiving at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings (8-2) are continuing their three-game homestand by hosting a Thanksgiving game for the first time in franchise history.

The New England Patriots (6-4) will be the guest and play at U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016, for the first time.

The 7:20 p.m. (CT) game is presented by The Salvation Army. Gates to the stadium will open at 5:20 p.m.

PrimetimePurple uniforms will be worn by the Vikings.

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

The game will air nationally on NBC (KARE 11 in the Twin Cities).

KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network will broadcast the game.

New this year, Minnesotans will be able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.

Click here for all 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.

Live Chat

Vikings.com Staff Writer/Editor Lindsey Young will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Join the conversation with Editorial Assistant Sam Thiel and Senior Editor Craig Peters before the game and stay connected with in-game updates.

Vikings Playbook (digital version)

The Vikings Playbook features Dalvin Cook on the cover with a unique story on his appreciation for … socks.

A digital version of the Playbook is available for all at vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.

Feature stories in this week's book also include a Water Break with Harrison Phillips.

NFL+ and NFL+ Premium

Can't catch this one live or attend in-person? NFL+ and NFL+ Premium have you covered.

Start your free trial of NFL+ today to watch Vikings preseason games live or on-demand.

Look back on images from past games between the Vikings and the Patriots.

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.

Cashless payments only

Among the helpful information on that page is a reminder that U.S. Bank Stadium now only accepts cashless payments.

Skyway Access

A Skyway route (map below) will be in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 12 a.m. Friday. Skywayaccess.com has a special page for U.S. Bank Stadium events that will be updated this season.

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Health & Safety Protocols

ASM Global VenueShield

ASM Global – U.S. Bank Stadium's management team – continues to execute its VenueShield program, ensuring the facility is clean and certified at the highest standards of health and safety. VenueShield focuses on six key components of venue management best practices for health and safety and is specialized for sports and entertainment facilities. VenueShield's environmental hygiene program specifies protocols for disinfection of surfaces, enhanced cleaning methods and applications, and infection control plans.

The Vikings, ASM and the MSFA also implement extensive cleaning, disinfecting and sanitization measures on game days and adhere to guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. All high-touch surfaces throughout the stadium — including seats, railings, food and drink surfaces, elevators and escalators — are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized before, during and after games. Hand sanitizer locations are located throughout U.S. Bank Stadium, including at entrances, concourses, premium areas and restrooms.

Atmos Air

U.S. Bank Stadium offers a clean and safe environment for guests through the virus-fighting protection of a bi-polar ionization system, which is installed in every air handling unit in the venue. This state-of-the-art technology actively contributes to better health by restoring indoor air to its natural state through an ionization process, mitigating or limiting airborne viruses and keeping the air inside the stadium cleaner and healthier. The system installed at U.S. Bank Stadium has been proven in labs to effectively improve indoor air quality. Stadium officials also monitor air flow and take reasonable steps to maximize air exchange.

Downtown Minneapolis/U.S. Bank Stadium Security/Safety

The Vikings and our stadium partners collaborate with multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Homeland Security, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, to ensure the appropriate number of law enforcement officials are on site and that U.S. Bank Stadium and the surrounding areas are safe for Vikings fans, players and staff. Additionally, together with BEST Security, the team contracts with hundreds of security personnel on game days to ensure a strong security presence throughout the stadium. For 2022 night games, fans will see easily identifiable safety ambassadors present throughout several blocks surrounding the stadium and lighting towers will be strategically placed near parking lots and parking ramps. For additional information regarding public safety downtown, please visit the City of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council web sites.

Ecolab Science Certified

U.S. Bank Stadium has earned the Ecolab Science Certified seal. The program combines hospital disinfectants and food-contact sanitizers approved for use against the COVID-19 virus with public health and food safety protocols, training and periodic auditing, giving fans confidence that practices are repeated and checked. Fans will see the Ecolab Science Certified seal displayed in participating areas throughout the stadium. For more information on the Ecolab Science Certified program, visit www.sciencecertified.com.

3M Durable Protective Film

3M's clear Durable Protective Film with Antimicrobial Technology is located in various high-touch areas throughout the stadium. The film has 24/7 surface protection with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent to inhibit growth of harmful bacteria and is specifically designed to withstand repeated cleaning.

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Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Fans who feel more comfortable wearing them in public settings are welcome to continue using face coverings for Vikings games.

Health Screenings

For the safety of all fans, players and game-day staff, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within five days preceding the game, please stay home. Additionally, if you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or are feeling generally unwell but have not yet received the results of your test, please stay home. Should you begin to feel unwell while at U.S. Bank Stadium, please notify a game-day staff member immediately; appropriate facilities and resources are available as necessary.

Vaccinations

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required to enter U.S. Bank Stadium.

Activities

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

The Delta Vikings Village will open at 4:30 p.m.

It will include the following activities:

Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Pendleton Whisky Longhouse (opens at 4:30 p.m.) and additional locations throughout the plaza.

Bag check (on Park Avenue, just south of 4th Street and north of the Light Rail tracks; open from 5:20 p.m. until one hour after the game; cost is $10 per bag)

The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Commons will be closed for the remainder of the season.

Game Elements

PREGAME PERFORMANCE: Yung Gravy, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, who released his album Marvelous in October, will perform.

COLOR GUARD: Joint Services

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Recording artist Caitlyn Smith, a native of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, will sing the National Anthem. Smith's "The Card You Gamble" is the theme for Monarch.

HOMETOWN HERO PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK: Thursday's Hometown Hero is Trish Thacker, the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis. Thacker is a licensed, clinical social worker with extensive experience in helping solve homelessness, as well as helping people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.

HALFTIME: American singer-songwriter Tyler Hubbard, who collaborated with Tim McGraw on "Undivided" in January 2021 will perform. Hubbard and Florida Georgia Line played their final show together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2022.

GJALLARHORN: Sunisa Lee, the women's gymnastics all-around champion and uneven bars bronze medalist at the 2020 Olympics, will sound the Gjallarhorn. Lee, a native of St. Paul, became the first Hmong-American Olympian.

PLAYER WARMUPS: DJ Skee

View photos of wide receivers Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn showcasing the team's Primetime Purple uniforms.

LEGENDS AS CELEBRITY BARTENDERS

The following Vikings Legends are scheduled to be celebrity bartenders:

Delta Sky360˚ Club — Ed McDaniel (starting at 5:45 p.m.)

Club Purple — Stu Voigt (starting at 5:45 p.m.)

Promotions

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.

Opening Drive Sweepstakes Presented by Kwik Trip

Purchase any fully guaranteed gasoline at Kwik Trip with your Kwik Rewards card and you could win free fuel during the Vikings Opening Drive. Earn a $10 Kwik Trip gift card for every yard gained, plus a $500 bonus when the Vikings score. One potential winner will be selected for each game, and all are finalists for a chance to win a 2023 Ford F-150 from the Northland Ford Dealers at the end of the season. Stop by any Minnesota Kwik Trip store for details.

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 $20. Offer is valid for three days after each eligible game. Visit vikings.com/bww for your digital coupon and offer details.

Field Goals for Charity Presented by Innovative Office Solutions

In partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and Post-It Brand, Innovative is proud to present the Field Goals for Charity Program. During the NFL regular season, each time a Minnesota Vikings kicker successfully kicks a field goal, Innovative and Post-It Brand will donate $250 (up to $5,000 total) to Be The Match!

#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.

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! Visit Vikings.com/VikingsGameFace for full contest rules and details.

Vikings I.Q. Presented by Pepsi

Check out Vikings I.Q., presented by Pepsi, now in the Vikings App. Watch the game together with other fans and have the chance to win great prizes.

Absolut® Homegater

Are you the Absolut® Vikings Homegater? Whatever you do on game day, celebrate your Absolut® best this football season by submitting your photo as the Absolut® Homegater of the Week. Fans will have a chance to win a Vikings and Absolut® weekly prize pack, and one super fan will be dubbed the Absolut® Homegater of the Season, winning a co-branded mini-fridge. To enter, got to Vikings.com/homegater and submit your fan photo today.

Charity Auction Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation

Bid on exclusive Vikings memorabilia and experiences at vikings.com/auction. Visit the auction kiosk by Section 101 to view this game's auction items. All proceeds support the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.

Split The Pot Raffle Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation

You could be the game-day lucky winner to share the Jackpot! Purchase your raffle tickets from Split The Pot kiosks or sellers roaming through U.S. Bank Stadium. The winning ticket will be selected by a random drawing and posted online after the game. Winner has 30 days to claim the cash prize. Split The Pot supports the Minnesota Vikings Foundation's youth health and education initiatives. Visit vikings.com/splitthepot for details.

Big Win. Big Mac. Presented by McDonald's

Victory never tasted so good. Get a free Big Mac on the McDonald's app win the Vikings win. A minimum purchase of $1 is required.

Miller Lite Holiday Sweater Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation

'Tis the Season … to snag the exclusive Vikings and Miller Lite Holiday Sweater and give back to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from each sweater purchased will be donated by the Vikings directly to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.

Click here to purchase.

Vikings Watch Party Presented by Gray Duck Vodka

Enter to win a chance to watch the Vikings take on the Detroit Lions with Vikings Legends John Randle and Chad Greenway on Dec. 11 at Tom's Watch Bar in Minneapolis.

To enter:

Follow @GrayDuckSpirits on Instagram or Twitter; post using #jointheflock; tag your friend who will join you.

Any post that includes #jointheflock will be entered.

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