Monday, August 21, 2017

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new stadiums
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Back in February, Austin did a post examining how NFL teams fared in their first games in a new stadium. I thought I’d take it a step further and look season-long records for the first year in a new home.

I took any team that moved into a new stadium in the past 20 years, and compared their record in that first season to the record from the previous year. Do teams generally improve or regress after moving into new digs? Well…neither, exactly.

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Vikings Announce New Headquarters in Eagan
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The Minnesota Vikings will soon have a training facility and team headquarters to match the luster of their new home, U.S. Bank Stadium. Yesterday, the Eagan City Council approved the team’s plan to move from Winter Park to a 200-acre site located off I-494 at the intersection of Dodd Road and Lone Oak Parkway, per the Vikings’ official website.

Last January, the Vikings officially purchased the land, but could not develop until Eagan changed the land-use designation from Major Office to Mixed Use. The city did just that, voting unanimously on the issue and opening the door for the Vikings to break ground. According to Vikings.com, the long-term plan includes offices, retail, residential, hospitality and a conference center, as well as an upgraded practice facility and team headquarters.

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The start of the 2016 NFL season is getting closer, and soon, fans of the Minnesota Vikings will be able to cheer for their team’s favorite players as they take the field in the Vikings brand new home known as U.S. Bank Stadium. Could this be the year that Minnesota is finally able to get over the hump and capture their very first Super Bowl trophy?

Before the season gets underway, we here at Vikings Territory decided to rank the team’s top 30 players heading into 2016. The rankings are based on submissions from numerous writers that cover the team for various media outlets.

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Promotion poster from Fan HQ
Promotion poster from Fan HQ

Minnesota sports memorabilia outlet Fan HQ announced today an event featuring Mike Zimmer, some cool items, and lots of autographs. Even better? Fan HQ‘s generosity has 100% of the ticket sales going directly to the More Than Words campaign.

Numerous tiers of tickets are available, but if you are interested then you should CLICK HERE to place your order as soon as possible… I am receiving word that tickets are selling out fast after less than one day of being available. This is a great chance to meet Coach Zimmer himself and support the great cause that is The Mike Zimmer Foundation.

The autograph event will take place at the Fan HQ store in Eden Prairie on July 21st at 7:00 PM.

In addition to this post and on the Fan HQ site, the announcement was relayed by Vikings.com, Daily Norsemanand Vikings CornerThe participating sites have a combined goal of raising $10,000 for the Foundation and as of this posting we are about 36% of the way there. The autograph event with Fan HQ is expected to generate in excess of $3,500 towards the effort.

Tickets are on sale starting at a basic price of $29 with numerous tiers (with increasing perks) available above that. If you cannot attend, or they are sold out before you get there, don’t forget that a $10 donation gets you in the mix for one of our amazing giveaway prizes as outlined on our donations page.

Also, if you would like to learn more about how your business can get involved with this effort, please check in with us to find out all the details.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND MAKE A DONATION

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Poll of the Week

The Sky is the Limit for the Vikings
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Mike Zimmer’s vocabulary includes a smattering of four-letter words, a treasure trove of unique phrases, and plenty of criticisms. But a word you’ll never hear from the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, no matter how well his team plays, is ‘perfect.’

Despite taking the league’s worst scoring defense from 2013 and making them a top-five unit in just two years, Zimmer hesitates to proclaim he’s actually fixed things in Minnesota. “I don’t think we’re very good, to be honest with you,” he told reporters at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. “We can be a lot better,” he said, speaking to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

The perception around the NFL is that the Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFC, buoyed by an up-and-coming defense with the roster pieces to contend for years. In Teddy Bridgewater, they have a young quarterback with all of the skills and leadership to bring the Vikings back to the playoffs. In Zimmer, they’ve got a top-five coach, one who won’t settle for anything less than perfection.

But in order to fulfill those expectations and clear the historical hurdles, they’ll need improvements across the board. It’s odd to say that about a team that went 11-5 and won the division in 2015, but Zimmer’s right; the Vikings can be “a lot better.” Well, maybe not “a lot” better, but certainly better in a few key areas.

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