After two weeks on the road, the Minnesota Vikings (8-1) are back at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday to host the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) in the 34th overall meeting between the teams.
The 3:25 p.m. (CT) game is presented by Polaris. It will start a three-game home stand and open a stretch of five contests at the venue in six games. It also will provide the opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans, active duty and reserve military members and their families through the Salute to Service initiative.
How to connect with the game
On the airwaves
The game will air on CBS (WCCO 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.
Vikings.com Staff Writer/Editor Lindsey Young will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 1:30 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 multiple military storylines and tributes, including a special poster from Polaris that will allow fans to participate in a special recognition.
A digital version of the Playbook is available for all at vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.
You can view the web version of the cover story and a cool video here or within the book at the above link.
Vikings assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica is the team's nominee this year for the Salute to Service Award. His experiences at West Point and then as an Army helicopter pilot are featured. Vote for Kotwica here.
Feature stories in this week's book include a Water Break with Pat Jones II, who was born in Japan while his father served. Justin Jefferson helped surprise a military family with a Sleep Number bed.
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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.
A Skyway route (map below) will be in effect from noon to 10 p.m. for Sunday's game. Skywayaccess.com has a special page for U.S. Bank Stadium events that will be updated this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required to enter U.S. Bank Stadium.
Delta Vikings Village (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Delta Vikings Village will open at noon.
It will include the following activities:
Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Pendleton Whisky Longhouse (opens at noon) 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 noon until one hour after the game; cost is $10 per bag; open from 10 a.m. to one hour after game ends)
Autographs by Vikings Legends Jesse Solomon and John Swain from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)
Numerous family friendly activities are planned for The Commons, including the following:
A special parachute demonstration by Frog-X is scheduled for 1:20 p.m.
Music at noon
Minnesota Vikings Chuck for Charity
Inflatable games, tailgate games and face painting
An appearance by Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders at 1:40 p.m. and on the plaza (1:55 p.m.)
The El Burrito Mercado food truck will be selling food near the Commons
I SALUTE Placards & #SkolSalute
Driven by Polaris, use the "I SALUTE" placards located in the Playbook (pages 26-27) to participate in a special moment during the game. Share photos using #skolsalute. For every post using that hashtag, Polaris will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to Freedom Alliance's Outdoor Adventures Program.
COLOR GUARD: Joint Services
NATIONAL ANTHEM: American country a cappella group Home Free, which formed in Mankato and won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013, will perform the National Anthem.
HOMETOWN HERO PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK: Sunday's Hometown Heroes are Retired Lt. Col. Greg Hungiville and Sgt. Major Lisa Hungiville, who deployed multiple times to the Middle East. They founded a chapter of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance for Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota, and Rustic Warrior, which is a program to enable veterans and first responders to rediscover their inner warriors thought outdoor activities.
HALFTIME: Home Free will join the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants for a special performance.
GJALLARHORN: White Bear Lake native Paul Nakasone, a four-star general in the United States Army who serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command, the Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service, will sound the Gjallarhorn.
PLAYER WARMUPS: DJ Skee
LEGENDS AS CELEBRITY BARTENDERS
The following Vikings Legends are scheduled to be celebrity bartenders:
Polaris Club — Robert Tate (starting at 2 p.m.)
Club Purple — Byron Chamberlain (starting at 2 p.m.)
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.
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.
Follow @GrayDuckSpirits on Instagram or Twitter; post using #jointheflock; tag your friend who will join you.
Any post that includes #jointheflock will be entered.