The Vikings have played their last 2 non-exhibition games (2009 NFC Championship Game, Week 1 of 2010) at the Louisiana Superdome, a venue that is filled with a raucous home crowd each time the Saints play and also a venue that provides one of the best home-field advantages that I’ve ever witnessed.
But the Saints aren’t the only team with an effective home-field advantage. The Vikings have one, too, at Mall of America Field and one of the players who is often responsible for riling up the fans inside Mall of America Field is looking forward to playing in front of those fans in the team’s home opener this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
“There’s just something about being at home, something about your crowd and the rejuvenation and energy you get from that,” Allen said. “It’s fun. I don’t know why it is, but you look all across the country and you want home-field advantage for a reason. It’s probably the crowd and the familiarity of where you’re going to be and people tend to elevate their games at home.”
The Vikings were 9-0 overall at Mall of America Field last season and their regular season record at home over the past 2 seasons is 14-2. In addition to that, the Vikings will sell out their 129th consecutive home game this weekend against Miami, a streak that extends back to the 1998 season.
Allen’s former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, just pulled off an upset last Monday night against the San Diego Chargers at their home venue – Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs fans created a decided home-field advantage and then a few exciting plays, such as a long TD run by Jamal Charles and a long punt return TD by Javier Arenas, invigorated those fans even more.
The Vikings will look to create and benefit from a similar home-field advantage this weekend and throughout the 2010 season.
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