Have the Minnesota Vikings ever won a Super Bowl?
All eyes will be on Minneapolis and Saint Paul for Super Bowl LII. The U.S. Bank Stadium is nearly new, but the hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings, have been around for a lot longer.
The Minnesota Vikings joined the league as an expansion team in 1960 and played their first official season in 1961. Unfortunately for long-time, diehard fans, the Vikings’ history with the Super Bowl is more positive as a host than as a participant.
In the 1970s alone, the Vikings played in four Super Bowls, but lost all four.
The Vikings did win an NFL championship in 1969, before the league’s merger with the American Football League (AFL).
The Vikings have qualified for the playoffs 27 times, which is the third-most times of any other team. (Always the bridesmaid…)
After the hopeful-but-ultimately-crushing 1970s, the Vikings broke new ground (literally) with the construction of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1982. While the Metrodome didn’t give the Vikings any Super Bowl magic, it served as their home until 2013 (and hosted the Super Bowl in 1992).
The Metrodome was demolished in 2014 in preparation for the shift to U.S. Bank Stadium. While the U.S. Bank Stadium is certainly grand and shiny, its capacity isn’t wildly different than the Metrodome. 63,130 people attended Super Bowl XXVI, and while we won’t know exact attendance for Super Bowl LII until after the game, it’s expected to max out capacity (which is 66,665 for most games but can be pushed to 73,000 for a special event such as the Super Bowl).
So, the answer is: The Minnesota Vikings haven’t won a Super Bowl—yet.
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