Vikings set for London game in 2013

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2012 - 11:50 AM

Vikings owner Mark Wilf says playing Pittsburgh at Wembley Stadium in 2013 will grow the team's brand.

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Tinye67Oct. 16, 12 9:03 PM

News flash.....playing in London will NOT grow the team's brand. Europe doesn't care about the NFL. What it will do is reduce a home game for an NFL team. It will also take a week out of each team factoring in the jet lag. The NFL's insistence on growing beyond the U.S. borders is ambitious, but unworkable.

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elo_62Oct. 16, 12 9:22 PM

The State of Minnesota and its citizenry have stuck their necks out to get this team a new stadium. In return home games are being exported overseas. What a joke! Rather than kiss the behinder of the NFL by doing so the Vikings should be much more concerned about taking care of their fans. Keeping home games at home would be a good start. Disclosure about PSL costs for STH would be a great follow-up. The Vikings are taking the fans and citizens in Minnesota for granted. Shame on the Vikings and the NFL.

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rtimlinOct. 16, 12 9:56 PM

This is fantastic. Yes I'm a season ticket holder, have been since 98. This is a great opportunity for the team and us fans. One less game where we have to sit in lines for the bathroom. I for one will be at Wembely and will enjoy an OUTDOOR "Home" game. People on here complain about everything, this is fantastic....assuming season ticket holders have the opportunity to buy tickets...WHY WASN'T THAT INCLUDED IN THE ARTICLE?!?!?!

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rshacklefordOct. 16, 1210:30 PM

Uh, yeah, NFL, this will be right up there in popularity with their EPL! They will consider the game a bad comedy act. (article quote)"The Vikings will also receive financial assistance from the league to help them compensate for having one fewer true home game." That quote is the funniest though. They need financial help? Again? Who yet hasn't given them financial help?! Rugby is 10x harder than football. Let's see the Queens take off their dresses (I mean their armor) and try rugby for a game.

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kennyrogersOct. 16, 1211:10 PM

This will be exciting for the players. That is why they teach English in school, in case you ever go to England. And the fans.................not so much.

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unicorn4711Oct. 16, 1211:32 PM

The NFL is slowly trying to grow its brand in the UK. The fans slowly start caring about the NFL. While the new stadium is being built, why NOT play 3 years in London? You wount gather die hard football fans in London. There aren't that many to gather. But you will get coverage and it will be noticed. After the third time, "Minnesota Vikings" will stick. That's fine. And what a great experience for the players! They get to see a city of 16 million, experience a different culture, and play on a pitch that holds 80k fans and the English national soccer team.

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northstars91Oct. 17, 12 2:54 AM

I could careless whether anyone likes our team in London, Russia, China etc... After agreeing to build a new billion dollar stadium for the Vikings they now decided to go ahead and take away one of our home games? What a bunch of greedy creeps!

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ActTwoOct. 17, 12 5:51 AM

I think Chip Scoggins better look into this one! Just like he uncovered the truth about the Gophers paying UNC $800k not to play, I'd like to know how much the Wilf's are profiting by taking 13% of Minnesota's home games to Europe.

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michael6549Oct. 17, 12 6:50 AM

Mark Wilf acts as though Viking fans are supposed to be excited that one of our home games is being played in London. Doesn't this just beat all? Give the selfish Wilf boys hundreds of millions in free stadium money and they then take their business elsewhere to "build" their "brand name". Nobody in London cares! How ungrateful! I feel as if I've been stabbed in the back.

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pmarc078Oct. 17, 12 6:54 AM

**What a bunch of greedy creeps!** @northstar91. you are just figuring out that they are greedy creeps *now* ?

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