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Minnesota Vikings
Established January 28, 1960; 60 years ago (January 28, 1960)
First season: 1961
Minnesota Vikings logo
Minnesota Vikings wordmark
Logo Wordmark
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1961–present)

  • Western Conference (1961–1969)
    • Central Division (1967–1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970–present)
    • NFC Central (1970–2001)
    • NFC North (2002–present)
Current uniform
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Team colors Purple, gold, white
              
Fight song Skol, Vikings
Mascot Viktor the Viking
Personnel
Owner(s) Zygi Wilf
Chairman Zygi Wilf
President Mark Wilf
General manager Rick Spielman
Head coach Mike Zimmer
Team history
  • Minnesota Vikings (1961–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Vikes
  • The Purple People Eaters
  • The Purple and Gold
Championships

League championships (1)

  • NFL Championships (pre-1970 AFL–NFL merger) (1)
    1969

Conference championships (4)

  • NFL Western: 1969
  • NFC: 1973, 1974, 1976

Division championships (20)

  • NFL Central: 1968, 1969
  • NFC Central: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000
  • NFC North: 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017
Playoff appearances (30)
  • NFL: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division.

During the 1960s, the Vikings' record was typical for an expansion franchise, but improved over the course of the decade, resulting in a Central Division title in 1968. In 1969, their dominant defense led to the Vikings' league championship, the last NFL championship prior to the merger of the NFL with the AFL.

The team plays its home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.

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