With the formation of the American Football League (AFL) forcing the issue the early 1960’s saw plenty of expansion activity throughout pro football. Each league wanted to lay claim to major markets and particularly ones that had long term growth potential. The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League in 1960 and began play the following year. For the first twenty years of the Vikings’ existence, they called Metropolitan Stadium home. Metropolitan Stadium was an outdoor venue which necessitated play in the brutal Minnesota winter weather. In 1982, the team took their game indoors by moving into the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Vikings games have returned to the ‘great outdoors’ for the time being–the team is playing their home games in 2014 and 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. A new stadium is under construction, and the Vikings will once again play indoors starting in 2016.
The Vikings have enjoyed consistent success for the most part since joining the NFL. Minnesota has made the playoffs 27 times including 18 divisional titles. Their 25 playoff appearances since the NFL/AFL merger is the third best of any team. They do have the dubious distinction of playing in four Super Bowls–and losing them all. Their 0-4 mark represents the most Super Bowl appearances of any NFL franchise without earning a victory. Minnesota has also lost in their last five appearances in the NFC Championship game. The team has struggled somewhat during the past few years but did manage to return to postseason play in 2012. The Vikings’ success is due to a ‘team concept’ of football and not the result of a few superstars. The biggest name to play for the Vikings are quarterback Fran Tarkenton, running back Chuck Foreman, and wide receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss. Defense also played a big role in Minnesota’s early success, earning the unit the nickname ‘Purple People Eaters’.
At one point, the Minnesota Vikings had a sizable fanbase all over the nation. That support has eroded somewhat over the past decade due to a lack of ‘big name’ stars and the team’s inability to win the ‘big games’. They continue to enjoy a loyal following in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. They might not be the favorite team for national broadcasts by the NFL’s network partners, but it’s easy to find them on television in the Twin Cities area. If you want to watch Vikings football games online, however, it’s not quite as easy. The TV networks that air NFL games provide very little live streaming. The NFL official website allows fans to watch Vikings video highlights but offers no live streaming of games. It’s easier to find a Vikings live radio stream–the stream is available on the website of flagship radio station KXFN FM as well as via third party radio streaming applications.
Serious fans might want to pay several hundred dollars for the NFL Sunday Ticket premium cable package. It offers every regular season game on television as well as on a digital platform. The Sunday Ticket streaming has received poor reviews from users due to substandard performance. Smart fans don’t worry about the NFL’s convoluted broadcasting outlets and just watch Minnesota Vikings online free. There are plenty of live streams available on the Internet covering an exhaustive array of sports, leagues and teams from all over the world. NFL streams are particularly easy to find and can be located using a live stream directory website such as Wiziwig.tv, Stream2Watch or FrontRowSports. The directory websites change their web address from time to time, and new sites are always coming online. For that reason, a Google search is a good idea to locate the most up-to-date streaming information.
Once you locate the Minnesota Vikings live stream there are a few options available to provide the best possible viewing experience. You’ll be able to select from a variety of stream speeds to find the one that works the best with your Internet connection and computer setup. The easiest way to watch Vikings football games online is using your computer. With a good sized monitor and a decent sound system its just as good as HDTV broadcasts. There are other options for viewing method including streaming to your smartphone/tablet or to your TV using a device such as the Roku Player or Google Chromecast. However you decide to watch you’re in complete control of the viewing experience and you won’t miss a minute of Vikings’ action all season long!