EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings 2015 schedule will feature at least two night games during the regular season.
The wait for a primetime appearance won't last long, but seeing the outcome will go deep into the night for Vikings fans. Minnesota is scheduled to play San Francisco in Week 1, but the kickoff isn't set to occur until 9:20 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 14.
It's the latest a season-opener has fallen on the calendar for Minnesota since Sept. 18, 1977 against Dallas, a 16-10 overtime loss for the Vikings.
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The game will be televised nationally by ESPN as part of a Monday Night Football doubleheader and be the fifth time in franchise history the Vikings have opened a season on MNF. Doubleheaders began as part of NFL Kickoff weekend in 2006.
It will mark the third time the teams have met on a Monday night (San Francisco hosted and won games in 1976 and 1995), but be the Vikings first appearance in Levi's Stadium, which is set to host Super Bowl 50in February 2016, two years before the new Vikings stadium hosts the championship game.
Minnesota's visit to Arizona is scheduled to start at 7:25 p.m. (CT) on Dec. 10 and air on Thursday Night Football. *It will be the first time the teams have met on *TNF and the second ever primetime meeting between the squads. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 21-14 in 2012. Each team in the NFL now makes at least one appearance on a Thursday each season.
All-time, Minnesota is 26-30 on Monday nights and 6-8 on Thursday nights.
The NFL implements a flex scheduling procedure in Weeks 5 through 17 that could lead to more appearances under the lights by the Vikings in 2015.