The Vikings' new stadium is a living, breathing thing

I love the Vikings' new stadium. I wrote about this yesterday, but I feel further appreciation is warranted for a new facility that -- just by virtue of being the host site of a game -- makes that game better.

It's no coincidence that the two of the more entertaining contests we've seen on the prime-time schedule this season, an admittedly lackluster slate of games to this point, have occurred in Minneapolis. And the games themselves haven't even been that good! But U.S. Bank Stadium has been a living, breathing entity on these nights.

The fanbase -- a tortured one that doesn't have any right to be as joyous and optimistic as it is -- has embraced the escape from the Metrodome in such a fun way. The costumes, the noise, the Prince tributes, the elite ball boysthe Skol chants and, oh yes, the horn. How could we not mention the horn?

"(The Vikings) continue their tradition designating someone to blow the Gjallarhorn to signal the start of battle on the gridiron," Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough explains without a trace of ironic distance.

This is good clean fun in 2016. It's sincere, wholesome and utterly Minnesotan.

Let's check out some cool Vikings fans:

Like this guy ...

And these bros ...

And this fun lady ...

And these f------ guys ...

And this guy you went to college with ...

And this Cool Dad ...

And, finally, Tony Sparano  ...

The Vikings' new stadium is awesome.

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