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Guide to Game Day: Vikings to Host Packers During Annual Salute to Service Game

The Vikings (4-5) and Packers (8-2) will meet for the 122nd overall time Sunday.

Minnesota will celebrate the courage and sacrifices of veterans and members of the military during the annual Salute to Service game.

The game is sold out, so the Vikings are encouraging any fans who choose to utilize the secondary ticket market to make sure outlets are authorized, like Ticketmaster's NFL Ticket Exchange. As a reminder, tickets are digital only.

Salute to Service

Since inception in 2011, the NFL's Salute to Service initiative has raised more than $51 million for military and veteran support organizations, including the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Pat Tillman Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), United Service Organizations (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project®.

The Vikings organization works every year on multiple initiatives in the community and on in-game presentations to honor the service and sacrifices made by veterans, active members of the military, reserves and their family members.

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.

Skyway Access

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

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Traffic/Construction

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.

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On the airwaves

FOX (KMSP FOX 9 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

Vikings.com 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 vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.

"Everson Griffen: Right at Home" 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.

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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.

Activities

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

The Delta Vikings Village will open at 9 a.m. and close one hour after the game ends.

It will include the following activities:

Live music performed by GB Leighton

Spaces sponsored by Andersen Windows + Doors, Hy-Vee, Mystic Lake and The Salvation Army

Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Longhouse (open from 9 a.m. to kickoff) 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 Vencie Glenn and Ed McDaniel

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 9 a.m. to 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 Rollin' Nolen's

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

A quartet from the Air Force Band Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, will perform. The Singing Sergeants became the first military chorus to include women in 1973.

Color Guard & Full-Field American Flag

The colors will be presented by a Joint Services honor guard, and members of the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy will unfurl and display a full-field American flag during the National Anthem.

Gjallarhorn

Donald "Doc" E. Ballard, who served in the Navy and the National Guard, will sound the Gjallarhorn. While treating a group of Marines on May 16, 1968, in Vietnam, Ballard's company came under fire and a grenade was thrown in their direction. Ballard covered the grenade, putting himself in harm's way to protect others. The grenade did not explode, and Ballard returned to treating Marines. He was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor on May 14, 1970.

Halftime Ceremony

Multiple generations of military members from Minnesota, including National Guard units who have recently returned and veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War will be honored.

Signs of Support from Polaris

Today's Vikings-Packers game is presented by Polaris, which is enabling fans to share messages of support for veterans and service members.

"I Salute … " posters will be available Sunday at tables on concourses. Tables will be located near the Legacy Gates, the Verizon Gate, the escalator landing by the Skyway, and the Gold and Purple lobbies. Fans are encouraged to fill out a poster in honor of service members.

In continuing its history of recognizing those in the military, Polaris is proud to welcome the Boyle family to today's game. The Boyle family epitomizes the tradition of military service.

Timothy retired from the Army Reserves in 2008 after 26 years of service. His sons, Michael and Matthew, are currently serving. Matthew is in the Army Reserves and has previously deployed to Afghanistan. Matthew is currently deployed with the Minnesota National Guard's Task Force 1-194.

Miller Lite Soldier SpotLITE

Miller Lite is recognizing five brothers from Appleton, Minnesota, whose service in the Minnesota National Guard has spanned the past 43 years.

Col. Bruce Jensen enlisted in September 1978 and retired in December 2013 with 35 years and three months of service. Sgt. Maj. Brad Jensen (August 1980 - May 2018) served 37 years and nine months before retiring. Maj. Brian Jensen (January 1981-June 2011) served 30 years and five months before retiring. CWO-5 Brent Jensen enlisted in April 1985 and is still serving (36 years, seven months and counting). CWO-5 Kevin Jensen enlisted in October 1987 and is still serving after more than 34 years.

Crown Royal Purple Bag Project

The Purple Bag Project is an ongoing commitment by Crown Royal to provide care packages for our active American military heroes around the world. Fans can visit the Medtronic Club from pre-game through halftime to join them in their mission by sending branded purple bags and personalized notes to those currently serving.

Sleep Number

Sleep Number, the Vikings and Eric Kendricks teamed up this week to improve the quality of sleep for Brittany Otto, whose husband Jordan has been serving a yearlong deployment to Kuwait since April. The couple has a 5-month-old daughter that Jordan has not gotten to meet in person.

Sleep Number presented her with a king-sized Sleep Number 360 ® smart bed and FlexFit ™ 3 adjustable base, as well as temperature-balancing pillows and new bedding.

The Otto bedroom received a complete makeover from interior design specialists, as well. Kendricks was there for the reveal and surprise video call placed to Jordan.

Hy-Vee Veterans Surprise

Two Gold Star families who know the pain of losing soldiers and American heroes — husbands and fathers — were chosen for this year's Hy-Vee Veterans Voyage.

They were invited to tour the Minnesota Vikings Museum with former linebacker and coach turned analyst Pete Bercich on Nov. 12 and to attend Sunday's game.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer delivered the surprise news that the families will receive free groceries for a year from Hy-Vee.

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

Jake Reed will be interviewed by Greg Coleman during a break in the action.

Legends Autographs

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

Delta Sky 360° Club — Leo Lewis

Medtronic Club — Carl Hilton

FMP Club — Esera Tuaolo

Polaris Club — Erin Henderson

Little Six Club — Mistral Raymond

Mystic Lake Club Purple — Stu Voigt

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.

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

Promotions

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 Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen. He currently serves as the 22nd Director of the Army National Guard. In this role, Lt. Gen. Jensen oversees the programs and policies involving the entire Army National Guard in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. Prior to this role, Jensen was the 31st Adjutant General for Minnesota, the state's highest-ranked position. Lt. Gen. Jensen has served for 37 years and has commanded multiple missions.

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

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 vikings.com/VikingsGameFace.

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 vikings.com/bww 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.

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 bidpal.net/vikings2021.

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