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The Vikings’ First Game at U.S. Bank Stadium Will Be…

…Against the Green Bay Packers. According to reports from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and Ben Goessling, the Minnesota Vikings will host the Packers in a Sunday Night Football matchup on September 9th.

Although many fans speculated the Vikings would open the season in their brand new stadium, it looks as though Minnesota will start 2016 on the road. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, long a source for Vikings tidbits and breaking news, reported on Twitter that he’d heard “whispers” of the potential Week 2 game a few weeks ago.

The matchup makes perfect sense for both the fans and the respective teams. The Vikings traveled to Lambeau Field in Week 17 last year and defeated the Packers, claiming their first NFC North title since 2009. As Goessling points out, the Vikings also spoiled Green Bay’s return to renovated Lambeau in 2003, defeating the Packers 30-25 in a Week 1 showdown.

Minnesota’s surprising surge to the top of the division and Green Bay’s uncertain future make the rivalry more intriguing than ever. If the Vikings can top the Packers early in the season, much as they did against the Lions in 2015, they’ll give themselves an early jump on a second-straight division crown. To do so at home, in a $1.1 billion stadium, would be that much sweeter for Mike Zimmer and Company.

The Vikings will play their very first game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 3 of the Preseason; a primetime matchup on August 28th against the San Diego Chargers. And in two years, U.S. Bank Stadium will play host to Super Bowl 52. Hopefully, the Vikings have a chance to bring a Super Bowl Championship — the first in franchise history — to Minnesota in 2018.

U.S. Bank Stadium represents the beginning of a new era for the Vikings. It’s the manifestation of Minnesota’s progress and a fitting home for an up-and-coming team with its sights on a Lombardi Trophy.



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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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    1. I was thinking the same thing WTF! I mean, WTF!!!!? When is the last time the Vikes started a season at home? That being said, the Pack for the first game at their new stadium, that is also cool. Just would be more cool if it were the first game of the year. It also has been a while since the first Vikes Pack game was early in the season.