No fans attended the Vikings' season opener against the Packers and just 250 staff and family of the team were at U.S. Bank Stadium for Sunday's third game of the season and second at home in Minneapolis. But future games at U.S. Bank Stadium could be played in front of a limited number of fans.
Speaking during Sunday's pregame show on KFAN in the Twin Cities, Vikings Chief Operating Officer Andrew Miller said the team's goal is to "incrementally" increase the number of fans that are allowed to attend future home games while the pandemic is ongoing.
"That's certainly our goal," said Miller. "We've been in very good and collaborative discussions with city and state officials. We've laid out a plan which we believe is safe and that we can bring people back in, and incrementally increase the number of fans over time throughout the course of the season."
The 250 people allowed to attend Sunday's game sat in socially distanced pods located in sections 131-135 in the lower deck. All attendees checked in via mobile ticketing and were required to wear face coverings. All purchases in the stadium were cashless.
"As we bring fans back into the building we'll do a similar thing in different pods throughout the building," Miller said.
Minnesota plays just one home game in October, with the final five games in Minneapolis scheduled for November and December. Remaining home games:
- Oct. 18: Falcons
- Nov. 8: Lions
- Nov. 22: Cowboys
- Nov. 29: Panthers
- Dec. 6: Jaguars
- Dec. 20: Bears