Vikings Representatives Visit 49ers New Stadium Site And Sales Center

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 10, 2012 – 5:29 pm

Several Vikings executives took advantage of tonight’s first preseason game in San Francisco by spending the morning at the 49ers new stadium construction site and corresponding sales center in Santa Clara. The 49ers, approximately two years ahead of the Vikings and the stadium project in Minnesota, expect to open the facility in time for the 2014 season.

With construction in Santa Clara well underway, the excitement among the 49ers fan base is building. In order to give fans a true feel for the new home, the 49ers opened a sales center near the construction site. Vikings officials toured the interactive space that includes a full mock suite and a complete model of the open-air stadium. Similar to Minnesota’s new stadium, the 49ers facility will boast much wider concourses, a significantly larger footprint and many new fan amenities. During the tour, fans get eye-opening comparable views of the 49ers current Candlestick Park to corresponding areas in the new Santa Clara facility. One particular point of interest for team executives was a touch-screen map depicting all the various transportation routes from fans’ homes to the parking lots at the new stadium.

Vikings fans can expect a similar setup in Minnesota in the coming months and years. With an RFP set to be issued for an architect in the coming week or two, the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) are quickly moving ahead to ensure the project opens on time and on budget in 2016.

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Vikings Arrive At Candlestick Park For Preseason Debut

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 10, 2012 – 4:45 pm

The Vikings traveling contingent has made the short trek from the team hotel to Candlestick Park for tonight’s preseason debut against the San Francisco 49ers and players have begun hitting the field for their warmups. We’re currently under sunny skies with a temperature of 56 degrees and the winds howling at 18 mph.

Tonight marks the first preseason game for both the Vikings and 49ers, and it marks the 7th time the teams have met in the preseason, with the last coming in 2010. The last time San Francisco played a game here at Candlestick they were hosting the NFC Championship Game last January, a game in which they lost to the NY Giants.

Several representatives from the Vikings organization visited some of the 49ers facilities, which are located directly next to the site of the team’s new stadium, which is being constructed right now. We’ll have a report and pictures from that visit posted here on the Blog shortly.

Remember to stay tuned to tonight because we’re you’re best place for preseason coverage of the Vikings. We’ll host a live chat on the website during the game, we’ll stream press conferences after the game, and I’ll check in following the game with a recap of the night and plenty of reaction from players and coaches.

Also, for those of you not in Minnesota who wish to watch tonight’s game, go to the home page and check out Preseason Live, a subscription-based program that you can utilize to watch every Vikings preseason game (charge of just $20).

That’s it for now, but we’ll be checking in with you periodically before tonight’s game to keep you up-to-date on the action.

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Reminder: Vikings vs. 49ers To Be Broadcast On The CW Twin Cities

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 10, 2012 – 9:54 am

The Vikings kick off their preseason schedule tonight against the San Francisco 49ers, and for the third consecutive season KARE 11 will be the team’s preseason television partner.

Because of NBC’s 2012 Olympics coverage, however, the Vikings-49ers game will be broadcast on an alternative channel. The CW Twin Cities will televise tonight’s game, with kickoff slated for 8:00 p.m. CT.

Below is a listing of The CW Twin Cities’ channel locations on Cable/ADS:

– DISH ch 23
– DirecTv ch 23
– Comcast SD ch 8
– Comcast HD ch 808
– Charter Cable ch 602 or 783 (depending on location)
– Mediacom cc 106 or 117 or 821 (depending on location)

Preseason Simulcast
The Vikings Entertainment Network (VEN) will use the Vikings Radio Network broadcast team of Paul Allen and Pete Bercich for the 2012 Vikings preseason television broadcasts. The preseason games, aired on KARE 11 (on WUCW tonight at San Francisco), will be simulcast over the Vikings Radio Network and its flagship station KFAN 100.3 FM.

“Hundreds of thousands of Vikings fans enjoy listening to PA’s exciting calls and Pete’s thorough analysis on the radio during Vikings games,” said Vikings Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix. “This is a unique opportunity to also allow our television viewers to listen to the voices of the Vikings.”

Former Vikings punter Greg Coleman will continue his sideline reporting role, while former Vikings LB Ben Leber will be added to handle sideline interviews during the preseason TV broadcasts.

For more information on the Vikings preseason TV schedule, click here.

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