The Vikings have impressed national analysts with their offseason moves, but they will find out today just how interested fans are in purchasing tickets.
The Vikings' first test of the 2008 season will come today. No, they don't have a scrimmage or an organized team activity planned. Tickets for the 2008 season go on sale at 9 a.m. for individual games, as well as the two-game mini-pack required for the Green Bay game (for each Packers ticket fans buy, they need to buy a corresponding number of tickets for the preseason home opener against Seattle).
Last season, the Vikings had considerable difficulty keeping their consecutive-games sellout streak alive. At one time or another, the local FOX, CBS and NBC affiliates all had to chip in financially to make sure all home games were televised. Since then, Adrian Peterson
has stepped up as the NFL's "Next Big Thing" and the defense looks to be vastly improved with the addition of DE Jared Allen
, who promises to bring a pass rush that has been sorely lacking the last couple of years.
For those interested, tickets officially go on sale at 9 a.m. at the Metrodome's Gate B in Minneapolis. They will get the first crack at the available tickets. For those unable to show up in person, tickets will become available online at 10 a.m. Central Time through Midwest Ticketmaster. Tickets can be ordered by calling 651-989-5151 or visiting the Ticketmaster website.
The Vikings have made a lot of changes over the last 16 months to put a product on the field that will compete for a berth in the Super Bowl. They have made believers of a lot of the national analysts. In a tight economy, will that translate with fans?
We'll find out today. Typically, when there is a buzz surrounding a Minnesota sports team, tickets go in a hurry. The Vikings will be a test of that. Spoiler Alert!
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