Vikings to open preseason with Raiders, Cardinals at home

The Vikings -- who will play two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus -- open the preseason at home against Oakland between Aug. 7-9.

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The first season of Minnesota Vikings football at TCF Bank Stadium is four months away and will begin with two straight preseason games.

Minnesota will face the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans in the preseason this year as the NFL announced its preseason schedule league-wide. The Vikings — who will play two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus — open the preseason at home against Oakland between Aug. 7-9.

The dates and times for the preseason games will be announced later.

Minnesota is building a near $1 billion new stadium on the ground where they played in the Metrodome since 1982. Demolition of the Metrodome began soon after the Vikings’ ended last season 5-10-1 on Dec. 29. The Metrodome has been completely demolished and the team is set to open its new stadium for the 2016 season.

In Week 2 of the preseason (Aug. 14-16), Minnesota will host Arizona before finishing the preseason with road games at Kansas City (Aug. 21-23) and Tennessee (Aug. 28-29).

The regular season begins on Sept. 4 with the NFL’s annual Thursday kickoff.

In addition to the home-and-road games in the NFC North against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, the Vikings will host the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins during the regular season. Minnesota will face the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams on the road.

The regular-season schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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