When the Vikings opened their new $1.1 billion stadium on Sunday night, they knew it was going to be loud, they just didn’t know how loud.
It was such a mystery that back in July, the team’s executive vice president of stadium development, Lester Bagley, admitted that the Vikings might not know how loud the stadium can get until the team played its regular-season opener.
“We may not know ultimately until our first game, but we believe and have been advised that this building will be loud and bring that home-field advantage we want,” Bagley told USA Today.
“We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going.”Vikings offensive lineman Alex Boone
As it turns out, Bagley was right about one thing: The stadium was loud.
Unfortunately for the Vikings though, Bagley was also wrong about one thing: there was no home-field advantage, at least according to Vikings offensive lineman Alex Boone.
After Minnesota’s 17-14 win over Green Bay, Boone complained that the stadium was too loud and then went on to tell Vikings fans that they need to “Shut the f— up a little bit.”
“It’s loud, for some reason, in the stadium. There’s a lot of times where we can’t hear the center,” Boone said, via ESPN.com. “We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times — a couple false starts, because guys wouldn’t know when the snap was going.”
The Vikings were flagged for 13 penalties in the game, a total that includes four false starts.
“I’m not saying it’s the fans’ fault, but I’m just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f— up a little bit,” Boone said.
Telling the 66,813 fans who came out to watch you at your new $1.1 billion stadium to “shut the f— up” probably isn’t the best route to go if you want your fans to quiet down. Of course, not everyone thought the fans were an issue.
After the win, coach Mike Zimmer said he was thrilled with the fans.
“The fans were unbelievable. They were loud,” Zimmer said. “I’ve been in some of these games before where there’s a lot more green in the stadium. There was a lot of purple in here tonight, and they were as good of a crowd as I’ve seen. In my opinion, it was pretty darn loud.”
Despite Boone’s complaint, the Vikings are now 1-0 in their new stadium, which is the only number Zimmer probably cares about.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Too loud? Vikings player tells Vikings fans they need to ‘shut the f— up a little bit’