First two Vikings home games will be played without fans
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Brent Nathaniel


MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. — The Minnesota Vikings have announced the first two home games of the 2020 regular season will be played without fans in attendance at U.S. Bank Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement:

“Over the past several months, we have collaborated with U.S. Bank Stadium partners, the NFL, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis to determine the best way to safely and responsibly host a limited number of fans at Vikings home games. We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.

“Based on our conversations and the current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that specify an indoor venue capacity of 250, we have determined it is not the right time to welcome fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium. As a result, the first two Vikings home games on Sunday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 27, will be closed to the public. We will continue to work with the appropriate officials on our plans with the hope of bringing fans back in a safe manner later this season.”

The Vikes are scheduled to host Green Bay to open the season Sunday, September 13th and Tennessee on Sunday, September 27th.  Both games remain a noon kickoff.