Based in Minnesota, Minneapolis, The Minnesota Vikings happen to be a well-known American football team. In 1960, they joined the National Football League as an expansion team, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The Vikings compete in the National Football Conference North division, and before that, the team was in the NFC Central. They have played in four Super Bowl games, though lost each one. The Vikings play their home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section, Minneapolis.
Professional football in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area started with the Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets. That’s an NFL team, which played intermittently in the 1920s and also 1930s. The new professional team didn’t surface again until August 1959, when Minneapolis entrepreneur Bill Boyer, H.P. Skoglund along with Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League. In January 1960, five months later, after huge pressure from the NFL, the ownership group, along with Bernie Ridder, had to renege on its agreement with the AFL. Then it was awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise, with play to start in 1961. Then, Ole Haugsrud was added to the NFL team ownership. It’s because, in the 1920s, after he sold his Duluth Eskimos team back to the league, the agreement enabled him 10% of any future Minnesota team. The teams from Ole Haugsrud's high school, Central High School in Superior, Wisconsin, were also dubbed the Vikings. They also boasted a similar purple-and-yellow uniform design.
At Bemidji State University, the Vikings conducted summer training camp in 1961-1965. In 1966, the Minnesota Vikings moved to their current training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The team played their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis during the period 1982-2013. They played their last game at the Metrodome on December 29, 2013, thus defeating the Detroit Lions 14–13 to conclude the season.
Since the Vikings’ first season in 1961, they have boasted one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL. As of 2014, the team has won up to three games in every season except in 1962. Moreover, these guys are one of only six NFL teams to win 15 games in a regular season. In 1969, the team won one NFL Championship, right before the league's merger with the American Football League. Since the league merger in 1970, the Minnesota Vikings have qualified for the playoffs up to 6 times, being third-most in the league.
Based in Minnesota, Minneapolis, The Minnesota Vikings happen to be a well-known American football team. In 1960, they joined the National Football League as an expansion team, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The Vikings compete in the National Football Conference North division, and before that, the team was in the NFC Central.