The Minnesota Vikings were pursuing hosting more than 250 fans for the final four home games of 2020, but after consideration have decided to no longer pursue that option.

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According to a press release from the Vikings, they have worked with the State of Minnesota, U.S Bank Stadium Partners, and the City of Minneapolis to make the decision.

"While we have worked hard to develop a safe and responsible plan to bring back a limited number of fans, our decisions have been based on medical guidance with public health as the top priority. We take seriously Minnesota's rising COVID infection rates and increasing hospitalizations and believe closing the final four home games to fans is the right decision to help protect our community."

This comes at no surprise, as Minnesota has seen a rise in COIVD-19 infection rates. Right now, the Vikings are hosting 250 fans who are family members of players and other team officials and employees.

The Vikings also noted that the team has missed the energy that the fans bring to U.S Bank Stadium.

"Players, coaches and staff have missed the energy and passion Vikings fans bring on game day and appreciate the unwavering remote support as we enter the second half of the 2020 season. We look forward to welcoming fans back next season and recreating the special environment we all enjoy at U.S. Bank Stadium. To be in a position to do that, we strongly encourage everyone in Minnesota to take the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of this virus by wearing face coverings, practicing proper social distancing and limiting social gatherings."

Do fans at the game actually have an effect on the game? Sure, but the Vikings are 1-3 at home so it did save some fans from having to watch two blowouts against Green Bay and Atlanta, and a meltdown against Tennesse.

The Vikings finally got their first home win against Detriot last week, and have four beatable teams on their home schedule to finish out the season in Dallas, Jacksonville, Carolina, and Chicago.


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