Minnesota Vikings

Founded: 1961
Team Owner: Zygi Wilf
Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team Icon: Fran Tarkenton
Overall Record: 433-369-10
Fight Songs: Skol Vikings
NFL Championships: 1969
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium (2014–2015)
Stadium Capacity: 52,525
City: Minneapolis, MN
Previous Stadiums: Metropolitan Stadium (1961–1981), Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982–2013)
Website: www.vikings.com
Minnesota Vikings

The original Minneapolis ownership group of the Minnesota Vikings had plans to join the AFL in 1960, but right before the 1960 draft, they accepted an offer for a NFL expansion team and jumped at the opportunity. The NFL had been targeting potential AFL teams and swooping in with hopes of squashing the American Football League as it was providing unwanted competition.

Once the league was decided on, the new team needed a name. It was first decided to use Minnesota instead of Minneapolis in order to represent the entire region. Minnesota is a known hot spot of Scandinavian culture, and because of this the team's first GM, Bert Rose, chose the name Vikings to represent the many people of Minnesota and the surrounding area that could trace their heritage back to Scandinavia. Also probably because Vikings are pretty fierce dudes.


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