Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vikings Likely to Host Green Bay in Stadium Opener

Daniel House reveals information about the Vikings plans to host Green Bay in the home opener of the new Vikings stadium.

As 2016 approaches and the Vikings open their new stadium, we have found out information about who the Vikings first opponent may be in September of 2016. With the current schedule structure taking shape, it looks like the Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 1 of 2016. A perfect scenario for the Vikings organization, as the Packers and Vikings rivalry is one of the longest in sports history. With both teams in the NFC North, it will add to the nostalgic feel that Vikings fans were used when they were at Met Stadium. With all the work that the organization has put forth to fund and create this project, nothing would be better than defeating the Green Bay Packers in the first game at the new stadium.

In a recent interview with KARE-TV, Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley was asked about the stark comparisons Packers fans were making about the new Vikings stadium. Many Packers fans are comparing the outer structure to a "Star Wars" vehicle. If you haven't seen the comparison and would like to see it, click here.  He chuckled at the comparison and added that he couldn't wait to play the Packers at in the new stadium in 2016.

"The way the league is structured ... our very first regular-season game likely will be against the Green Bay Packers," Bagley said. "So it will be good to see Adrian Peterson break loose and score the first touchdown in the new stadium and run over Clay Matthews on his way to the end zone. We'll see. Hopefully we'll have the last word when we get to opening day in (September) 2016."

Sounds like a perfect scenario for Vikings fans and it certainly would be a great way to kickoff what will be one of the best stadiums in the NFL. Bagley also pointed out that if scheduling were to hit a flaw, they would be playing a high profile opponent, but he believes there is no higher profile opponent than the Green Bay Packers.

A positive stat for Vikings fans is that they defeated Green Bay 30-25 in 2003, when Lambeau Field was opened after renovations.

Maybe it's a coincidence, but it certainly will be a great way for Vikings fans to experience their first Northern Division collision in the new stadium. Top it all off with a great experience and a Vikings win and fans will feel one of the best moments in Vikings history.

We have to wait 3 years, but it certainly gets you excited for the future of Minnesota Vikings football.

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