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. They are likely the most popular of our Minnesota sports teams.
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 a Super Bowl win. We came close again in 2018.
The new Vikings Stadium made its debut for the 2016 NFL season. This seven-level stadium seats more than 65,000 fans. Other features include a transparant roof and skyway connections to to downtown Minneapolis.
The Vikings greatest rival, the Green Bay Packers, always promise an exciting matchup with cross-border rivalry that heightens the fun.
Minnesota Super Bowl - We were not playing however we were 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 Gophers compete in football, baseball, hockey, wrestling and other NCAA sports. on the University of Minnesota campus.
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, which is regularly named one of the top ten MLB stadiums in the country.
You can enjoy the views of the Minneapolis skyline while enjoying local craft beers, walleye and chips, and a unique Bloody Mary topped with a slider or wedge of pizza.
The St. Paul Saints are a Northern League team in the American Association. The Saints play their home games at CHS Stadium in St. Paul's Lowertown. 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.
Tickets to see the Saints play start at just $5.00. Their games are all about fun and community spirit. You will often be treated to a fireworks display after a game.
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 team plays from October to April.
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 WNBA Championship in 2011 in 2013 and again in 2015.
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.Their regular season runs from October to April.
The Wild regularly make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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.
The team made its debut as a Major League Soccer franchise in 2017. The team is attracting an enthusiastic following. At present this new Minnesota sports team plays at TCF Stadium at the U of M while waiting for their new stadium to be built in St. Paul.
Two other teams you may enjoy:
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!