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Guide to Game Day: Vikings-Falcons

The Vikings will host the Falcons at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The stadium gates will open at 10 a.m.

The Commons, Delta Vikings Village and the Medtronic Plaza will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature multiple activities. Tickets are not necessary for activities on The Commons or Delta Vikings Village but are required to access the Medtronic Plaza.

The Vikings this week announced food and beverage offerings that have been added or expanded this year, as well as things that are new at U.S. Bank Stadium for 2019.

If fans can't wait until Sunday to celebrate the start of the NFL's 100th season, they can attend the free Vikings Kickoff Rally presented by Miller Lite outside U.S. Bank Stadium from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

The Vikings Kickoff Rally will feature live music featuring multi-platinum rocker, reality star and football fanatic Bret Michaels, who is scheduled to take the stage at 3:30 p.m., shortly after one attendee is presented a pair of free 2019 Vikings season tickets. Jesse Becker is scheduled to take the stage at 1 p.m. and be followed by the Chris Hawkey Band at 2 p.m.

Mobile Entry

Tickets are accessible via the Vikings app or the online My Vikings Account portal and can be saved to fans' mobile devices. No hard tickets or printed PDFs are available. Digital tickets allow for better communication between the team and fans, reduce fraud and counterfeit tickets, provide flexibility to manage, transfer or sell tickets at any time and offer quick and easy entry into the stadium using a smartphone.

Step 1: Download and open the free Minnesota Vikings App (available for Apple and Android devices).

Step 2: Navigate to the Tickets tab and sign in using email and password for My Vikings Account.

Step 3: Select the event to attend and click View Barcode to load ticket(s) ahead of time to scan for entry.

Step 4: View ticket barcode before arriving to the event. Swipe left to view more than one ticket.

* Fans can also add the tickets to Apple Wallet for guaranteed easy access on game day.

For more information regarding mobile entry, click here.

On the airwaves

The game will be broadcast by FOX (in the Twin Cities by FOX 9 KMSP) and broadcast on the Vikings Radio Network (KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM are the flagship stations).

Click here for all of the broadcast information.

Road construction information

The Minnesota Vikings would like to remind fans that traffic downtown is expected to be heavy. The Twins are scheduled to host the Indians at 1:10 p.m. Here is a link to the MnDOT site for construction updates.

Logistics, events and activities

Here's a look at logistics, events and activities inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Delta Vikings Village, The Commons and Medtronic Plaza open: 9:30 a.m.

Stadium gates open: 10 a.m.

Kickoff: Noon

A dedicated core Skyway route will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit vikings.com/stadium for additional information about parking, tailgating, public transportation and ride-share pick-up and drop-off locations.

In-stadium elements

Game Theme: Kickoff Weekend

The Vikings will host an NFL Kickoff Weekend for the third consecutive year.

Vikings Table Nonprofit Partner of the Game: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest

Last week, Vikings Table served free meals to families at the Ronald McDonald House. In 2018, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest provided a home-away-from-home to more than 6,600 families who sought medical care for their seriously ill, injured or disabled child at a Twin Cities hospital. Ronald McDonald House Charities are proud to offer complimentary lodging, meals, schooling and family-focused programming at their four Twin Cities locations, all in an effort to keep families together during a child's medical crisis.

Game-day auctions:

There are multiple ways to support the Minnesota Vikings Foundation, including through participating in game-day auctions. You can bid on unique memorabilia and unforgettable experiences offered at every home game. Use bidpal.net/vikings2019 to register. Bidders do not need to be present to win. Visit vikings.com/foundation to learn more.

PRE-GAME

Player warmups: DJ Skee, a native of Saint Paul and creator of Dash Radio, will return for his fourth season as the official Vikings pregame field DJ. He will curate a set list based on requests by Vikings players.

Color Guard: A Joint Services Honor Guard will present the colors, and a full-field American flag will be held by active duty military members.

National Anthem: A cappella group Home Free, which formed in 2000 in Mankato, will perform the National Anthem. Home Free released its new studio album, Dive Bar Saints, today.

Gjallarhorn: Scott Studwell

A Vikings Legend for his play on the field at linebacker (1977-90) and second career in the Vikings personnel department (1991-2019) will sound the Gjallarhorn. Studwell is the team's all-time leading tackler, Vikings Ring of Honor inductee and member of the 50 Greatest Vikings. He retired after the 2019 NFL Draft.

Honorary Captain: Kevin Warren, who will be attending his final Vikings game as Chief Operating Officer before transitioning to his new role as Commissioner of the Big Ten, will serve as the honorary captain. Warren has been with the Vikings since the Wilf family purchased the team in 2005. He was named COO on Feb. 12, 2015.

IN-GAME

Halftime: The Revolution, which originated with Prince in Minneapolis in 1979, rose to international fame with the release of Purple Rain and has won three Grammys, will perform.

U.S. Bank Hometown Hero:

The U.S. Bank Hometown Heroes program honors individuals who have gone to extraordinary measures to make positive differences in the community. If you would like to nominate someone, visit Vikings.com/fans/promos/hometown-hero.

Sunday's Hometown Hero is Hunter Johnson, who became the Vikings "GM for a Day" during training camp with help from Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Hunter was born with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, which requires him to wear a shunt to drain excess from his brain. Last year, it was found that the shunt was malfunctioning and causing fluid to drain improperly. He also has an Arnold-Chiari malformation and a syrinx (a fluid-filled cavity within the spinal cord).

U.S. Bank Huddle for 100 Headquarters:

New this year, U.S. Bank's Huddle for 100 Headquarters will serve as an in-game destination for fans to participate in the NFL's Huddle for 100 initiative. Fans can participate in photo ops, use interactive video screens and sign up to help reach the NFL's goal of 100 million minutes of volunteerism.

The Huddle for 100 HQ is located on the main concourse near section 113.

Vikings fans came together in July to help the team win a $5,000 grant for topping the league in volunteer minutes.

CenturyLink Alumni Interview: Brian Robison

Robison, who played from 2007-17 and made his NFL regular-season debut with 2.0 sacks against the Falcons, will participate in an on-camera interview with Greg Coleman. "B-Rob" is tied for ninth in franchise history with 60 sacks and ranks third among defensive ends with 173 games played, trailing only Jim Marshall (270) and Carl Eller (209).

Special Recognition: Welcome Home 34th Red Bull Infantry

More than 650 members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry returned home from the Middle East in July after a 10-month deployment and successful completion of U.S. Central Command's Task Force Spartan.

Autographs

Vikings Legends will sign autographs at multiple locations inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium and in the Delta Vikings Village. Autographs are scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Locations inside U.S. Bank Stadium (game ticket required):

Delta Sky360° Club: Henry Thomas
Medtronic Club: Leo Lewis
FMP Club: Tuineau Alipate
Polaris Club: Willie Howard
Little Six Casino's Club Gold: Dave Osborn
Mystic Lake Club Purple: Stu Voigt

Locations outside U.S. Bank Stadium:

Delta Vikings Village (no game ticket required): Autry Beamon and John Turner

Out-of-stadium elements

Pepsi Sound the North Stage:

G.B. Leighton will perform from 9:30 a.m. to noon

The Commons Stage:

A DJ will play begin playing music at 9:30 a.m.

SKOL Line: 10:15 a.m.

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders: 10:45 a.m.

Partner activations:

CenturyLink, Crown Royal, Fleet Farm, Highland Park, Hy-Vee, KFAN, Miller Lite, Minnesota Lottery, Mystic Lake, North Memorial Health, Sleep Number and Star Tribune are scheduled to have fan engagement areas.

The Longhouse:

The Longhouse will be open before and during Sunday's game to fans with or without game tickets.

Food Information:

Food trucks, including Vikings Table, a charity outreach initiative of the Minnesota Vikings Foundation, will serve food from The Commons.

Beer, wine, the "Purple Passion" drink and Bloody Marys will be available for purchase in multiple locations.

Merchandise:

The Vikings Locker Room Store will have two merchandise trucks located in the Delta Vikings Village.

Activities on The Commons:

Chuck for Charity – The Vikings social impact department will be raising money for the Minnesota Vikings Foundation by challenging fans to make a 30-yard throw to an inflatable target. Winners will receive prizes of varying types each game.

Other activities face-painting, tailgate games, inflatable bag toss, QB Challenge, a coloring station and photo ops

Bag Check:

Check your bag for $10 per item (cash only) at our secure bag check located in The Commons.

Fans are encouraged to avoid bringing bags to games. If, however, fans opt to bring a bag, it must comply with the NFL's clear bag policy.

Photo Op:
Photo opportunity (game ticket required):
Ed McDaniel will be snapping photos with fans at the Verizon Gate from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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