NFL: Minnesota Vikings
Twickenham Stadium: Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns
On Sunday 29th October, the Minnesota Vikings take on a challenge by battling it out with the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium. Established in 1960 as an expansion team, the Minnesota Vikings first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference; North Division and plays their home games at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Check out our top ten facts on the Minnesota Vikings:
- Upon completion, a new stadium and the Vikings will employ approximately 3,200 full and part-time jobs. Vikings game days currently employ 2,800 people.
- A study by the University of Minnesota on the Vikings-Cowboys playoff game in January 2010 found that non-metro game attendees spend nearly $6 million in restaurants, hotels, retail stores and on transportation in the Twin Cities per Vikings game.
- The Vikings NFC North opponents – Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay – all generate approximately $30 million more annually than the Vikings because of their stadiums
- Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton started and ended his career with the Vikings, but in the middle he played for the New York Giants.
- In 1981, Joe Senser and Sammy White combined to become the first Vikings teammates to gain 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.
- On September 26, 2010, Adrian Peterson ran a touchdown in from 80 yards out in a 24-10 win over the Lions. This was the longest TD run of the season in the NFL that year.
- Running Back D.J. Dozier also played baseball in the New York Mets system
- In 1979, Vikings Defensive Lineman Alan Page became the first active NFL player to complete a marathon
- Hall-of-Fame NFL Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin was the Vikings first Head Coach from 1961-1966.
- Running Back Rickey Young scored the first regular season touchdown in the Metrodome in a 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.