We love our Minnesota sports teams! It's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm as one season moves to the next and we cheer on one team after another. Minnesota has an abundance of sports teams at the college, semi-pro and professional level. There is wonderful support for both men's and women's Minnesota sports teams. Whatever your favorite Minnesota sport, you can get on board with it here.
The Vikings football team was formed in 1960 and played their first game--an exhibition game---against the Dallas Cowboys on August 5, 1961.
Nicknamed "The Purple People Eaters" in the 1970's, the Minnesota Vikings have played in three Super Bowl games: 1974, 1975 & 1977. They have yet to achieve a win in the Super Bowl. Present Minnesota Vikings owner, Zygi Wilf, hopes to see both a Super Bowl win and a new stadium for the Vikings.
Minnesota Super Bowl - We are not playing however we have been given the honor of hosting the 2018 Super Bowl game.
The University of Minnesota football team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Big Ten Conference. One of the state's favorite Minnesota sports teams, the Gophers create excitement for us every year. The Golden Gophers are now playing on campus in the new TCF stadium.
The Minnesota Vixen is the oldest professional women's football team in the United States. Founded in 1998, they were members of the original 1999 Barnstorming Tour.
A 2000 PBS special on women's football introduced many of us to the sport. Through challenges and difficulties over the next ten years this tenacious league has remained determined to offer exciting women's football to Minnesota and the nation.
Our major league baseball team, the Minnesota Twins came to Minnesota in 1961 from Washington D.C. where they were known as the Washington Senators. The Twins made it to the World Series in 1965, 1987, and 1991, winning the series in both 1987 and 1991.
The Twins play their home games at the their new ballpark, Target Field.
The St. Paul Saints are a Northern League team in the American Association. The Saints play their home games at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. The team was founded in 1993 and won the Northern League Championship in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2004.
In their early days, the Saints served as a farm club for the Yankees, Cardinals and Dodgers and their major rival was the Minneapolis Millers.
Ila Borders, the first female pro pitcher ever, pitched for the Saint Paul Saints in 1997.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association team that was founded in 1989. This marked the return of professional basketball to the Twin Cities for the first time since the Minneapolis Lakers departed for Los Angeles in 1960.
The Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Lynx Women's National Basketball Association team was founded in 1999. The Lynx made the WNBA playoffs in three of their thirteen years in Minnesota and won the 2011 WNBA Championship. The Lynx play their home games at Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Wild National Hockey League team was founded in 2000. They are one of the reasons Minnesota is called "the state of hockey." The Minnesota Wild play their home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Whitecaps are a professional women's ice hockey team. The Whitecaps are an all women's team that plays in the National Women's Hockey League.
The Whitecaps are another of our female Minnesota sports teams that add to the long tradition of both genders actively participating in Minnesota sports.
Minnesota sports teams provide a lot of fun for Minnesota visitors and residents alike. Buy some tickets and take your family and friends out to the games!
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