The Minnesota Vikings are an American football professional team headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion club in 1960, and their debut season was in 1961. The squad participates in the North division of the National Football Conference (NFC).
The Vikings originated as the Milwaukee Bears, a member of the American Football League (AFL). When the two leagues merged to form the NFL, the team was one of eight that did not move to the new league along with the original NFL teams Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins. The other five teams formed the AFL. The Vikings were awarded to Minneapolis in the AFL-NFL merger agreement on March 24, 1999.
They play their home games at U.S. Bank Stadium, which they share with the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. The Vikings are the first NFL team to play all of its home games outside of the United States. They also hold the record for most consecutive away games without a win, having gone 0-8 during the 1969 season.
Minneapolis/St. Paul is the only major city in the United States that does not have a team in any of the four major sports leagues. The Vikings are the fifth franchise to be based in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the first since the Minnesota Timberwolves moved to Minnesota in 1994.
The Minnesota Vikings are an American professional gridiron football club headquartered in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, that was created in 1961 and competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Vikings have competed in four Super Bowls, all of which they have lost (1970, 1974, 1975, and 1977). They are also one of two NFL teams to have never won a championship (the other being the Cleveland Browns), although they have appeared in the NFC Championship Game five times since their inception and earned three of those trips by winning the Western Division title. The Vikings play their home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, approximately 70 miles north of Saint Paul, where they practice and hold some pre-season games.
They are the only team in NFL history to lose every game during a season when they scored 30 points or more (30 points or more were scored in all but one game). The Vikings' overall record during this period was 4-11-1. This was due to an early-season loss to the Chicago Bears and late-season losses to the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The lone victory came over the San Francisco 49ers. The longest losing streak for the Vikings was seven games from December 1979 to January 1980. From February 1990 to August 1991, they went without a win once—from February to June 1990—but did not qualify for the playoffs under the existing format then in use by dividing each team's record into fifths.
The Minnesota Vikings are an American professional gridiron football club headquartered in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, that was created in 1961 and competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Vikings have competed in four Super Bowls, all of which they have lost (in 1970, 1974, 1975, and 1977).
The Minnesota Vikings have never been to the Super Bowl. They came closest to capturing a title in 1969, 1973, 1974, and 1976, all of which they lost in the Super Bowl.