Monday, January 23, 2017

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US Bank Stadium
Image Courtesy of Andy

Alright fine. I’ve been famously (infamously?) curmudgeon about all of the endless US Bank Stadium construction updates. I’m a big “skip the labor, show me the baby” sort of guy. But now that the baby has been born, I’m in love with this $1.1 billion dollar bundle of joy. We’ll hop into some of the gritty details of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings latest encampment this week. LUKE BRYAN….. Hooray.

All that and other “Ice Up, Arden Hills” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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new stadiums
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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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