The Vikings (1-1) will host the Buccaneers (1-0) at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
This will be the first meeting between the teams since 2014 when Anthony Barr forced, recovered and returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime. It will be the first trip to Minnesota by Tampa Bay since 2012 and first appearance for the Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings are celebrating the Play 60 initiative and a collective effort with the Minnesota United to Kick Childhood Cancer.
Kick Childhood Cancer
The Minnesota Vikings partnered with the Minnesota United and Major League Soccer this weekend for "Kick Childhood Cancer" initiative. Viktor the Viking and PK have joined forces, and representatives from both teams are participating in jersey swaps — at yesterday's match and at today's game — as part of the collective effort to Kick Childhood Cancer.
Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. In honor of this observance, the Vikings are presenting Eloisa Echávez, the Executive Director of La Oportunidad, with the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. La Oportunidad has provided bilingual and culturally relevant programs for Latino children and families in the Twin Cities since 1998. Learn more at oportunidad.org.
Here's a look at logistics, events and activities inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium:
Delta Vikings Village opens:9 a.m.
Stadium gates open: 9:30 a.m.
A dedicated core Skyway route will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
On the airwaves
National Television: FOX (Channel 9 in the Twin Cities)
Play-by-play: Thom Brennaman; Analyst: Chris Spielman; Sideline: Peter Schrager)
Local Radio: KFAN 100.3-FM in the Twin Cities and across the five-state Vikings Radio Network will carry the game. A pre-game show with Mike Mussman will start at 10 a.m.
Play-by-play: Paul Allen; Analyst: Pete Bercich; Sideline: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber
Vikings 2017 SKOL Chant**
The Vikings in Week 1 launched the 2017 "Vikings SKOL Chant," a version of the "Vikings War Chant" that was made famous by the Iceland men's national soccer team after its return from the Euro 2016 this summer. Aron Gunnarsson, the captain of Iceland's national team, and Thor Bjornsson, a native Icelander and "The Mountain" from Game of Thrones, helped pass along this new tradition.
Color Guard: Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard
The United States Air Force celebrated its 70th birthday on Sept. 18.
National Anthem: Home Free, a Minnesota-based a cappella group that won Season Four of NBC's The Sing Off. Home Free performed God Bless the USA *in tribute to veterans and military service members and their families on Nov. 6, 2016, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The group's fifth studio album, *Timeless, released today.
Gjallarhorn:P.J. Fleck, Minnesota Gophers Head Coach
Halftime:Viktor will host his annual mascots vs. youth football game, featuring his friends from several Twin Cities sports teams and beyond, facing off against a youth squad from Eagan.
U.S. Bank Hometown Hero:During each home game, U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings will recognize one individual who has helped make our community a better place. We will honor a Minnesotan who has gone to extraordinary measures.
Today's Hometown Hero is Danny Lilya, a junior who is a holder on the Moose Lake High School in spite of a birth defect that resulted in paralysis.
Vikings Legends will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at multiple locations inside U.S. Bank Stadium and in the Delta Vikings Village. Autographs are subject to change at any time and without notice.
Locations inside U.S. Bank Stadium (game ticket required):
Delta Sky360 Club: Doug Sutherland & Jeff Siemon
Medtronic Club: Dave Dixon
FMP Club: Stu Voigt
Hyundai Club: Oscar Reed
Buffalo Wild Wings Club: Mark Mullaney
Mystic Lake Club Purple: Carl Eller
Locations outside U.S. Bank Stadium
Delta Vikings Village (no game ticket required):
RB Dave Osborn
RB Ted Brown
Delta Vikings Village Activities:
The Delta Vikings Village will open at 9 a.m. Sunday to fans with and without game tickets.
Bite Squad, CenturyLink, Hyundai, Hy-Vee, K102, Mills Fleet Farm, Medtronic, Minnesota Lottery, Mystic Lake, Sleep Number, State Farm, Twin Cities Orthopedics and U.S. Bank are scheduled to have fan engagement areas.
Pepsi Sound the North Stage:
Coyote Wild will perform from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Delta Vikings Village Stage timeline:
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders & SKOL Line performance: 10:30 a.m.
Prime Sport Longhouse:
The Prime Sport Longhouse will be open before, during and after Sunday's game to fans with or without game tickets.
Aramark will be serving tailgate fair from inside and outside the Prime Sport Longhouse and the permanent building on Delta Vikings Village.
Beer, wine and the "Purple Passion" drink will be available for purchase in multiple locations. A bloody mary bar also will be open.
The Vikings Locker Room Store will have two merchandise trucks located in the Delta Vikings Village.
Activities on The Commons:
The Commons Stage:
A DJ will play music from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
SKOL Line performance: 10:30 a.m.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders: 10:45 a.m.
Face Painters – Unique and classic face painting opportunities provided for fans of all ages
QB Challenge – Throw to your favorite targets, Kyle Rudolph, Jerick McKinnon and Stefon Diggs
Inflatable Obstacle Course – Climb walls, dodge defenders, and finish by going down the slide
Play 60 Zone –Multiple stations of football drills
Giant Inflatable Bag Toss
Giveaways –A water bottle will be handed out to each kid that completes the Play 60 stations.
Chuck for Charity – The Vikings new 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. The Minnesota Vikings Foundation also will be selling limited edition T-shirts specially designed for the Vikings-Saints game. The T-shirt costs are being covered by U.S. Bank so that all sales can go to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.
Food Vendors –There will be three food trucks on The Commons, offering a variety of options from the southern part of the eastern block of The Commons during pre-game activities.
EMTs will move through The Commons and the Delta Vikings Village.
*Bag Check: *
Check your bag for $10 per item (cash only) at our secure bag check located in The Commons.