MINNEAPOLIS -- As housewarming parties go, this was one that left a good feeling for the Vikings, and a real sense that the deafening home-field advantage they enjoyed for three decades in the Metrodome will be born again under U.S. Bank Stadium's glass roof.
The largest home crowd in team history was ear-splitting throughout, pausing only to hear the Minnesota Orchestra's halftime tribute to Prince. And for once, the number of Packers fans in the stadium was less noticeable.
"I've been to a few of these games before where there was a lot more green in the stadium," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "There was a lot of purple in here tonight and they were as good a crowd as I've seen. In my opinion, it was pretty darn loud."
The stadium took two years to rise on the site of the Metrodome, and cost more than $1 billion, forcing the Vikings outdoors, to the campus of the University of Minnesota for two seasons. Back under a roof, this one made of glass that will let in natural light during day games, the Vikings enjoyed a noise level that they expect will rival the crowds in Seattle and elsewhere.
"From pregame warmups to the end of the game, you could feel it in here," said Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, who caught four passes for 41 yards. "The energy was great and that brought the energy out of us as players. The defense fed off it, and that helps us win games."
The Packers noticed the volume as well.
"It's loud," said receiver Davante Adams. "It's hard to communicate, but at the same time, you can't use that as an excuse. It is what it is when it comes to that noise."