Vikings prepping hard for London trip

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 12:03 AM

The team already is making serious preparations for its Sept. 29 game against the Steelers in England.

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goldengoph3rMar. 21, 13 2:31 AM

My sympathies to the team for having to 'prep hard' to fly to Europe. Gosh, what a difficult, difficult chore it is to spend time in London. If there's anything I can do to help cushion the blow for this multi-million dollar organization jetting overseas, just let me know.

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VikeupnorthMar. 21, 13 7:34 AM

I'd rather play in the U.S.A than go over to Europe. The flight over is never really very interesting. However, back in the day, KLM/Dutch Airlines had free Heineken on the way. That was a nice bonus.

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trev_russellMar. 21, 13 9:27 AM

I think Mr. Wilf owes fans an apology for the lost game, and taxpayers a check for the lost return on our investment. How much in tax revenue did this move cost the city and the state? We've paid handsomely to keep a team here, and now 12.5% of our expected return just got shipped overseas. Was the state or city consulted? Do we get a refund? Do fans with season tickets get a voice in this decision? I hope this is an amazing experience for the players I root for on Sundays, but its a terrible deal for Minnesotans I root for every day.

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becherovkaMar. 21, 1311:24 AM

Dear Vikings fans in Minnesota, I understand your immediate reaction to lost tax revenue and a lost game as a season ticket holder, but I would also like to remind you that not all fans live in Minnesota. I have lived in Cologne, Germany for 15 years. Every year, I happily spend the 200 Euros on the NFL Game Pass. I change my work schedule to accommodate the time difference. For example, a Monday night game starts here at 2:00 a.m. so working on Tuesday morning is out of the question! The hardest thing is not being surrounded by other fans. Sitting alone in the back of a bar at 5:00 in the morning crying into my purple foam finger after that crushing Saints loss a couple years ago is a horrible thing. Not being able to commiserate with fellow fans makes it worse! This game in London is HUGE for all Vikings fans living over here. I will be meeting up with friends who live in Poland and England for the game. We are all so excited. It is a once in a lifetime experience for us. Plus, the fact that I LOVE this current team and coach makes it even sweeter. So, I ask Minnesotans to be benevolent with their team and be happy for all the Vikings fans who would probably kiss Zygi Wilf, if they ran into him! September 29th can't come soon enough. Until then, let's rock the draft and as Paul Allen has been saying, "Mission Meadowlands"!!!! Sincerely, Debra

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unicorn4711Mar. 21, 13 8:37 PM

I think it's great. Europeans would be interested in NFL football with enough exposure. There are 500 million people in the EU. London is one of the biggest English speaking cities. Wembley is gorgeous. I think the Vikings should play a game a year there until the NFL gets smart and puts the Super Bowl there and then eventually a team. Anyone who doesn't see London as being a vital first step misses the point that the NFL is going to want to expand the game. Plus, Minnesota, I'm sorry to say, isn't as well known as a state as some of the others. Having Minnesota and Minneapolis-St. Paul discussed by Brits and other Europeans is highly valuable from a state promotional perspective, so long as the state plays along and feeds in the state's talking points. That we have Adrian Peterson and as much intensity as any team in the NFL is a huge bonus. The Vikings are as likable right now as anyone. Why not push overseas? As for season ticket holders missing a game, yeah, they've got to get something back. But roll with it guys.

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guitarmanpdMar. 21, 1310:09 PM

I am a long time season ticket holder and I am indeed disappointed and upset. The Vikings could play all the overseas home games they want in 2014 and/or 2015 when they will have inadequate home seating during construction. To have the Vikings play a home game overseas in 2013 takes NFL management to a new level of stupidity. A game against the Steelers in Minneapolis this fall would have been huge.

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gavhenMar. 23, 1311:45 AM

Counting down the days! As a Vikings fan who lives in London I obviously couldn't be happier when the game was announced - admittedly it might have made more sense in one of the two following seasons. Fully appreciate what the fans fortunate enough to live in Minnesota have given up for this game, I look forward to giving them and the team a great welcome over here! Hopefully I'll get to see the guys this week too on their promotional tour.

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partskcojMar. 24, 1310:46 AM

Why prep...this team is DOA for 2013. Maybe leave Ponder there in the service of the queen. This franchise is a joke!

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petesakesMar. 25, 13 2:43 PM

ScoreBoard (Ziggy 1 Viking fan 0) Show me the MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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partskcojMar. 25, 13 9:41 PM

Vikes to play game in Israel in 2015.

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