Eventually, the capacity of Met Stadium was increased to 47,900.
Bert Rose, former public relations director for the Los Angeles Rams, was appointed the team's first general manager.
As a new franchise, the Vikings had the first overall selection in the 1961 NFL Draft, and they picked running back Tommy Mason of Tulane.
The Vikings played in four Super Bowl games in the 1970s, but lost all four.
During the 1960s, the Vikings' record was typical for an expansion franchise, but improved over the course of the decade, resulting in a Central Division title in 1968. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.
The team has played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI, though failing to win any of them.
In addition, they have lost in their last five NFC Championship Game appearances since 1978.
With the picks, Minnesota selected Clinton Jones and Bob Grim in 1967, Ron Yary in 1968 and Ed White in 1969.
On March 10, 1967 the Vikings hired new head coach Bud Grant to replace Van Brocklin, who had resigned on February 11, 1967.
The team currently has 13 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
From the start, the Vikings embraced an energetic marketing program that produced first-year season ticket sales of nearly 26,000 and an average home attendance of 34,586, about 85 percent of Metropolitan Stadium's capacity of 40,800.
The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season.
Notable veterans acquired in the offseason were George Shaw and Hugh Mc Elhenny.