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Minnesota Vikings move to digital game tickets to prevent counterfeits

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Physical tickets will become a thing of the past for fans attending Minnesota Vikings games at U.S. Bank Stadium in order to cut down on counterfeits.
There was a time when digital tickets to events weren’t in existence. Fans would buy physical tickets to things like Minnesota Vikings games and if they were lost or stolen, getting a replacement was a huge challenge.

Living in the digital age offers a lot of conveniences. One of those is how a smart device can access tons of information with just a few touches, and that includes tickets to games as U.S. Bank Stadium to watch the Vikings play.

Recently WCCO CBS Minneapolis shared a video discussing the team moving to digital tickets going forward in order to prevent forgeries and add to the convenience of those attending football games.
Ben Goessling wrote about the ticket change on the Star Tribune, which stated that Minnesota joined several other teams including the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and others.

There are some interesting things that go along with the digital ticketing system. Not only does it provide secure transfer of tickets between parties, but it also allows the Vikings to gather more information about the people purchasing and using tickets with hopes to “improve communications with fans before and during games.”

The best part of this program is that it hopes to considerably cut down on counterfeit tickets, since seller scams on Craigslist and other sites which have been running rampant over the last few seasons.
Starting with the 2018 NFL season, mobile entry through the Vikings app or online accounts will be the only acceptable means of ticketing at U.S. Bank Stadium for fans heading to U.S. Bank Stadium to watch Minnesota play.

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While it is a little sad to see the end of an era when it comes to physical tickets, the new digital system should help to streamline the customer experience and help cut down on the number of fans who are disappointed by not being able to watch the game after paying money for fake tickets.




Vikings Alumni Reconnect in 1st BBQ at TCO

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EAGAN, Minn.– Head Coach Mike Zimmer invited special guests to the final minicamp practice.

Vikings Legends gathered to watch practice and enjoyed some BBQ afterwards. During the press conference with Twin Cities media, Zimmer shared his thoughts on how he feels about the players and coaches who came before him. He explained his appreciation for how they paved the way for his team.

“I think it’s important,” said Zimmer. “A lot of [current players] have pretty good lives and pretty good careers because of those guys. If those guys wouldn’t have done the things they did, then these guys wouldn’t have the opportunities that they have. I think it’s important that we honor the guys that came before us. Not only with the Vikings but in the entire NFL.”

Not only is it important to Zimmer to pay respect to the players and coaches who came before him, but current players value them as well.

After practice, Adam Thielen told reporters, “It’s great. Obviously those guys are the reason why we’re here. We owe a lot to those guys because we wouldn’t be able to play this game for a living if it wasn’t for them, the guys before us. It’s always great to meet those guys and hear their stories.”

For many of the Vikings Legends, Thursday was their first time visiting the new team headquarters, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The players said they were impressed by the facility.

“I think that it is really amazing,” said former cornerback John Swain (1981-84). “I am just struck in terms of just how beautiful the facility is. It’s so impressive, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to come out today.”

Former wide receiver John Henderson (1968-72) added: “It’s heads and shoulders above what we had 40 years ago. To compare that to what we have now here is just 180 degrees from what we used to have. I am just awestruck at the beauty of this place.”

During the BBQ, Legends were able to enjoy fellowship with each other and share memories.

“We are always tight,” said former running back Chuck Foreman (1973-79). “I might not see some of these guys for a year or so, but when we see each other, it’s like we just saw each other yesterday. It’s a special and unique group, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

The annual Alumni BBQ is a tradition that likely won’t go anywhere any time soon. The Legends are continuously encouraged to come back, especially while the Vikings are under the leadership of Zimmer.

“I think he’s been good for the Legends,” Henderson said. “Coaches have different styles, and Coach Zimmer has embraced the Legends because he knows that many of the Legends helped build the foundation for the Vikings, and so he welcomes us and he encourages us to come. He values many of the Legends and the history of the organization, and I think we as Legends, appreciate that.”




Notebook: Remmers Relying on Versatility, Will be 'Ready for Anything' on O-Line

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EAGAN, Minn. – Mike Remmers has spent most of his time at guard throughout Organized Team Activity and minicamp practices, but he’s remaining at the ready to play tackle.

Remmers started all 12 games he played in last season, including the Division round playoff game against New Orleans. He primarily played right tackle but also made a start at right guard. He started at left guard in playoff games against New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Now looking ahead to his second season in Purple, Remmers is more concerned about helping the team than he is about position.

“I’m just going to do whatever they want me to do. When I go home, I’ll do guard and tackle stuff to be ready for anything,” Remmers told media members on Thursday after the final of three minicamp practices. “You never know what’s going to happen in the season, so I’m just not worrying about that right now. I’m going to train as much as I can at both positions.”

When asked if he approaches the guard and tackle positions differently, Remmers cracked a smile.

“No, you’ve gotta have the same mentality,” Remmers said. “It’s football, and we’re on the offensive line – everyone’s gotta have the same mentality down there.”

Rashod Hill started nine total games in 2017, including both postseason contests. He lined up at right tackle for six of those starts and primarily played that spot throughout the Vikings spring practices.

Hill emphasized the importance of adaptability on the offensive line and said Remmers’ versatility is extremely valuable.

“It’s good that Remmers can play … three positions,” Hill said on Wednesday, adding that the line is working to fill the shoes of right guard Joe Berger, who retired in March. “We’re just trying to fill in the spots and build a better chemistry with each other. We all had a chemistry already, but this is a new year.

“We’re learning off each other, me and Mike, and we’re getting better at that. The chemistry’s getting better,” Hill added. “We love being around each other. That’s what I love about this team – we’re like a brotherhood.” 

Remmers echoed Hill’s comments about a new season and pointed to the learning curve that comes with adjusting to a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo.

“With the playbook, kind of had to start from square one there, a little bit. [But] I think that everyone learned and adapted really quickly to the new scheme,” Remmers said. “I think this time of year was really, it’s going to be critical for our success this year.”
Hughes leaning on vets, playbook as comfort level increases

Cornerback Mike Hughes’ first NFL minicamp is in the books, and he’s “pretty pleased” with his first spring in the big leagues.

The first-round pick said he has lots of work left to do, though.

“It’s just all about learning the playbook, knowing where you’re supposed to be, those things that help you be around the ball,” Hughes said. “I’ve just been dialed into my playbook and trying to feel as comfortable as I can so I can compete.

“I have a long ways to go,” Hughes added. “Some plays I know exactly where I’m supposed to be; other plays, I catch myself thinking. But the vets, they help me out with where I’m supposed to be, and they help me compete and feel as comfortable as I can.”

Hughes said that “pretty much everybody” on the Vikings top-ranked defense has been helpful to him as he learns the ropes.

Harrison Smith is among vets in the secondary who have lent some guidance to Hughes. The All-Pro safety reflected for media members on the experience of a young player starting out in the pros.

Smith pointed out that it’s one thing to learn the plays, but rookies are faced with more than that.

“There’s things as far as studying and just your mindset, the way you prepare for training camp and what you do in this time from now until it’s time to show up. Those are things that those guys don’t know,” Smith said. “You’ve been in college for three, four or five years, and they kind of have a regimen for you, and [you’re] in summer school. Now we’re kind of turned loose, so you have to have a plan in place mentally to be ready to go in July.”

Added Smith: “That rookie year is long, coming from the last year to the combine to training, so you have to know how to balance it and get ready to go all the way through the season.”

As Hughes heads into the next five weeks before reporting for training camp in late July, he’ll be focused on better learning the nickel spot. Stressing that he’s ready to play “wherever they want me,” Hughes explained that he’s more accustomed to playing on the outside but has enjoyed receiving reps in the slot.

“[Outside corner] is something that I’ve [played more recently], so just learning the nickel position, getting comfortable and just doing everything they tell me to do,” Hughes said.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he was pleased with Hughes’ progress so far.

“I thought he did a nice job. Still a learning experience for him,” Zimmer said during his session with media members. “I thought the way he handled himself, the way he tried to learn and listen and all those things – I thought it was good.”
Reflecting on fatherly advice

With Fathers’ Day just around the corner, several Vikings were asked to share and reflect on a piece of parental advice that they’ve valued. 

Minnesota native Adam Thielen said that it was a mentality, rather than a verbal message, that he learned from his father growing up.

“I think the biggest thing that he did was just lead by example,” said Thielen, who now is a father himself to Asher. “He went to work every day, grinded and tried to provide for his family, and that’s something that I’ll never forget and something that I’ve taken with me through my life.”

Kirk Cousins, who also has a young son, Cooper, values a Bible verse that his father has encouraged him with.

“Proverbs 3:5-6 – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your steps,’ ” Cousins recounted. “I’ve really built my life on that, and it’s proven true so many times throughout my [faith journey].

“He also said, ‘Kirk, when you make good decisions, good things happen. And when you make bad decisions, bad things happen,’ ” Cousins added with a laugh. “His point was that there are consequences in life, and you got to factor that in when you make decisions. Whether that was choosing to come to Minnesota or choosing to throw an interception in the red zone, I’ve got to live with those decisions. I’ve learned that from a young age, and that law has proven true from when I was young to now.” 




3 Observations: Vikings Defense Closes Minicamp Strong

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The Vikings wrapped up their mandatory, three-day minicamp Thursday morning by practicing in helmets and shorts for less than 90 minutes at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. 

“We finished up on a good note, excited about where this team has the opportunity to go,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “We’re looking forward to getting back in about five weeks.”

The session was Minnesota’s third and final practice this week, all of which are open to the media.

The Vikings held 10 Organized Team Activity practices over the past few weeks in Eagan. Training camp is scheduled to begin in late July at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

Here are three observations from Thursday’s session:
1. Defensive struggle 

The Vikings spent most of Thursday’s session in a game-like situation as the first-team offense went against the first-team defense before the second and third units on both sides of the ball rotated in.

The defenses had their way most of the day as they forced punts on most drives, with a few big plays sprinkled in. 

Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes corralled a tipped pass for an interception and a big return. Hughes added an impressive pass breakup along the sideline. Linebacker Anthony Barr had a pass breakup and was quick to react on a screen pass. 

The biggest offensive play of the day — and the only touchdown scored — came when quarterback Trevor Siemian found wide receiver Tavarres King for a 30-plus yard score down the right sideline that drew a big reaction from Minnesota’s offensive players.
2. Focusing on fundamentals

The intensity will ramp up over the next few months as the 2018 season draws near.

But on the final day of minicamp, the Vikings spent some time working on fundamentals, as it is the little things that sometimes mean the difference between a win and a loss.

Minnesota’s defensive backs practiced pouncing on fumbles and taking them the other way in individual drills, while the Vikings linebackers worked on dropping into coverage before making a beeline for running backs in the flat.

Wide receivers and tight ends worked on red zone-specific routes early on in practice.
3. Honoring the past

The Vikings hosted numerous alumni members at TCO Performance Center on Thursday as Zimmer invited former players to watch practice and attend a barbeque.

Zimmer also took time to recognize them, as he introduced each one of them in a post-practice huddle in front of the team.

Vikings Legends attending included former Vikings Head Coach Jerry Burns, running back Chuck Foreman and wide receiver Gene Washington. 

Vikings players gave each alumni member a hearty round of applause when they were introduced.






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