Vikings won't raise season-ticket prices, but do want payments now
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The Minnesota Vikings won't raise season-ticket prices this season. But they do want payments in advance even if the NFL enters a work stoppage -- and even with no certainty about where home games will be played.
A letter sent to season-ticket holders this week acknowledged their 2010 disappointment was "one of the most eventful, yet unexpected seasons in our 50-year history" in explaining the decision to keep season-ticket prices flat for the second time in three years.
"And with opponents like the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos making their way to Minnesota and an NFC North division that is more competitive now than it has been in years, we are preparing for exciting games on the slate every week in 2011," read the letter, which was signed by owners Zygi and Mark Wilf.
The first payment is due Feb. 23 -- nine days before the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement is scheduled to expire -- and the full amount due by May 23. Another page in the packet explained the procedures for refunding season-ticket money if games are cancelled.
In past years, the first payment has been due in March, so the timeline is not substantially different.
The Vikings finished the 2010 season in last place in the NFC North with a 6-10 record, and their last two home games were relocated following the collapse of the Metrodome roof on Dec. 12.
The Wilfs wrote they "continue to monitor the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission's efforts to safely repair the Metrodome roof and ensure Mall of America Field remains the team's home stadium in 2011."
The letter also praised new coach Leslie Frazier, a quote from Frazier's introductory media conference appeared on another page, accompanied by what amounted to a mission statement: "We resolve to run around, through and over any team that stands in our way. To play every down like it's 4th and inches. To feed the hot hand and feed off of the roar of the 12th man. To never let Sunday be a day of rest for our opponents. To keep our eyes and our hearts on the prize. To always remember we're playing for the greatest fans in the world."
A Vikings spokesman clarified on Thursday morning the mission statement was not intended to be taken as a quote from Frazier.
Season ticket-holders also were encouraged to write their own "purple resolutions" for 2011-12, with the chance to win prizes for their submissions.