The globalization of football continues with the NFL sending Vikings back overseas. The league has announced that the Minnesota Vikings will be playing a home game in London next season. Many believed the Vikings would play a few games in London over the next few years as Minnesota is set to build a brand new stadium in the footprint of the Metrodome.
Minnesota became a candidate to play overseas when the Rams pulled out earlier this summer, and it will mark the first time in 18 years that the Vikings have played abroad. Strangely enough, despite touting one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL the Vikings actually rank 31st in the league when it comes to revenue.
However, Vikings fans are insanely loyal to their squad and continually fill Mall of America Field. But fans will be okay with giving up a few homes games, as the promise of a new palace of a stadium is keeping fans excited.
Oh and it helps that the Vikings are actually good again too.
Minnesota will play a non-divisional game at Wembley Stadium which means either the Redskins, Steelers, Eagles, Browns or an NFC South team yet to be determined. Either way, the NFL will finally feature one of it’s most elusive and marketable running backs in Adrian Peterson to a global market.