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Guide to Game Day: Vikings to Host Lions During Annual Crucial Catch Game

The Vikings are set to host the Lions at noon (CT) Sunday in the first of two scheduled meetings between the NFC North foes.

The 120th overall meeting between the squads is falling on the annual Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer game. Patients, survivors and caregivers will be recognized and supported, and tributes will be paid to those who have died from the disease.

Crucial Catch, which is in its 13th season, encourages people to catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat, through annual screenings. For more than a year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced screenings. At the height of the pandemic, some cancer screenings declined by 90 percent.

Through Crucial Catch, the NFL and American Cancer Society are allocating resources dedicated to safely restarting cancer screenings in communities with the most need. For many forms of cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate), the five-year survival rate is above 90 percent when detected early before it has a chance to spread.

The unifying efforts by the NFL and its teams include the use of specially designed, multicolored gear and equipment as a sign of support for people and their caregivers who are battling multiple types of cancer, as well as those who have passed away.

The game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise will be auctioned on The NFL and its clubs do not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch merchandise. More than $23 million has been raised for the American Cancer Society since 2009.

The Vikings also produced a limited-edition "SKOL STRONG" T-shirt that is available with a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society. The shirts are available at U.S. Bank Stadium or online.


Twin Cities broadcasting legend Mark Rosen will sound the Gjallarhorn on behalf of his wife Denise, who passed away on Aug. 30 after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

Before kickoff, the Vikings and the State of Minnesota are partnering to host a free, pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic (more details here).

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

FOX (KMSP 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 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 and in the mobile app.

Danielle Hunter has returned to the Vikings in full force after missing all of the 2020 season. Hunter will play the Lions for the first time since Dec. 8, 2019, when he became the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks. Hunter hit the milestone with 3.0 that day. The cover story (web version here) is about his comeback trail, which included hikes up Camelback Mountain.

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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.

Skyway Access

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



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.

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 9:30 a.m. and close one hour after the game ends.

It will include the following activities:

Live music performed by Jesse Becker from 9:30 to 11:45 a.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 9:30 a.m.) and additional locations throughout the plaza

Vikings Table food truck is offering new cheese curds and breakfast burritos

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 Willie Howard and Mistral Raymond

The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)

Checkout the Vikings Tailgate Garden and enjoy your favorite Molson Coors while DJ A-Quill entertains from 9-11:30 a.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

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

Caitlyn Smith, who grew up in Cannon Falls and has become a premier singer-songwriter-musician in Nashville, will sing the National Anthem. Smith's second studio album, Supernova, was released in 2020.

Color Guard


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

Vikings Legend Henry Thomas will be interviewed by Greg Coleman during a break in the game action.


Halftime will include an on-field recognition of cancer survivor Scott Verkuilen, who used the Make-A-Wish he was granted to have the Moorhead High School weight room renovated for his teammates.

After the recognition, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders will perform. They will represent people fighting multiple types of cancer with their pom-poms.

Legends Autographs

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

Delta Sky 360° Club — Esera Tuaolo

Medtronic Club — Doug Sutherland

FMP Club — Rufus Bess

Polaris Club — Stu Voigt

Little Six Club — Bob Lurtsema

Mystic Lake Club Purple — Leo Lewis

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.


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 Hero is the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. Gabe Grunewald, a professional runner started the foundation to battle rare forms of cancer. After Gabe passed away in 2019, her sister Abby Anderson helped carry the torch. Abby tragically died in a truck accident in August. Gabe and Abby will be represented by family. Visit to help.

Minnesota Vikings Foundation

For the final time in 2021, the Minnesota Vikings Foundation will be offering garage sale bags for sale ($50, $100 or $200) as a fundraiser. The bags will only be available at the Minnesota Vikings Foundation kiosk (near Section 101) inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

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.

Fan of the Year Presented by Captain Morgan

Does your Vikings fandom go beyond the game? The Vikings and the NFL are celebrating extraordinary fans who are a positive influence and inspire others through their love of football. Nominate yourself or others for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles! Enter at

#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