Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders are present at every home game of the NFLs Vikings franchise.
Cheering from the sidelines at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, they help keep the crowd excited during breaks in the action and after touchdowns.
They also serve as the teams ambassadors to the community, performing various charity work in the Minnesota area.
The Vikings Cheerleaders travel across the globe, and they have entertained American soldiers in such countries as Afghanistan.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders History
Prior to the creation of the current cheer squad, the St. Louis Parkettes performed for the fans at Metropolitan Stadium, the original home of the Vikings. During this period, the team made four Superbowl appearances and captured five NFL championships. Fran Libby first served as the director of the Parkettes, and she was followed by Toni Swiggum.
The team stopped using the Parkettes in 1984 and created the group which is now known as the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders. The first auditions for this group drew over 600 hopeful candidates, and Sue Anderson Franks served as their first director. The squad has also been supported through the years by a group of coed stunt team cheerleaders.
In 2001, the first Vikings Cheerleader swimsuit calendar was released which actually showed the girls wearing bathing suits. There were other calendars before, but none which featured the girls in such revealing attire. As expected, it has become a popular item with fans of the team. A calendar and poster costs $30, while an autographed version is $50.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders – Director Tami Krause
For the last decade, Krause has helmed the Vikings cheerleaders. Prior to that, she was herself a cheerleader for the team. In fact, she was voted Most Dedicated in 1997. She also met her future husband while cheering for the Vikings, as he was a member of the coed stunt team for three years. When not involved in cheering, Krause enjoys playing with her children and listening to audio books.
Vikings Cheerleader Auditions
Auditions for the squad usually begin with a workshop in March which gives candidates an idea of what it means to be a member of the squad. Open auditions are then held later in the month at Winter Park, when the hundreds of candidates are whittled down to around 55.
Afterwards, the remaining girls undergo a three-week training camp which focuses on practice, interviews and conditioning. Then its on to the Mall of America, where the remaining 55 girls are reduced down to the final 34-member team.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleading Roster
As of this writing, the current 33-woman roster for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders consists of: