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Continued: Have purple, will travel: Vikings fans ready for London invasion

  • Article by: COLLEEN KELLY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 26, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't say AD (Adrian “All Day” Peterson) for this one -- such determination, he's a machine! Cordarrelle [Patterson] looks like a great pick this season.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  No more than an average weekend in London!

Are you unhappy the team had to give up a home game to play in London? I'm probably too biased to answer this one, but I really appreciate the fact that there are a lot of lifelong fans out there missing out on a home game in Minnesota. Sorry!

Karisa and Iselin Lundberg | Karisa is a Minnesota native; Iselin is from Norway. They live in London

Why are you going to the game? My wife and I are huge Minnesota Vikings fans that religiously follow from abroad. Because we live in London we don't often get the chance to travel back to Minnesota to see them play. So when the Vikings announced they were playing at Wembley, we knew we had to do whatever we could to get tickets.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? We're really big fans of Harrison Smith. The plays [he makes] every week are incredible. I can't wait to see how his career goes.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? Since we already live in London, the cost isn't really too high. We bought our tickets via Ticketmaster, not a resale site, so the prices weren't inflated. I think most Londoners would agree that events can be really outrageously priced, so I'm actually a little surprised they didn't charge more for the tickets.

Are you unhappy the team had to give up a home game to play in London? I think, understandably, it's a very popular stance for people, particularly season ticket holders, to get angry when they find out their team is playing a home game abroad. However, for fans abroad is an amazing chance to see your favorite team, as well as a great opportunity to gain more fans. The popularity of the NFL has dramatically increased over here in the past five years.

Justin Brandt | Minnesota native, living in Amsterdam

Why are you going to the game? I work for Levi's (yes, the jean company) and have been stationed in Amsterdam since February 2013.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the Vikes since they were so close.

What size is your group? I am heading over from Amsterdam by myself, but I am meeting a friend who is making the trip from the United States.

Who's your favorite Vikings player? Blair Walsh, with Harrison Smith being a close second.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? For me, a plane ticket from Amsterdam to London is only $100, roundtrip. My game ticket was another $75, I'll need a night in a hotel, and of course a few pints.  To be honest, not bad at all.

Traci Tufte | Cottage Grove native living in Edinburgh, Scotland

Why are you going to the game? Being away from Minnesota and my family has been hard, even though I am enjoying the U.K. My family gets together every Sunday to watch the games, and it is really something that I miss experiencing with them. As soon as I heard that the Vikes were coming the U.K, I knew I had to be there. It will be a great way for me to feel connected with home even from this far away, because I know at that moment, my family and I will be doing the exact same thing: cheering on the Vikings.

Do you go regularly go to Vikings games? I have actually only been to one game, and that was a few years ago. It was a lot of fun, though! Our tradition has always been getting together with our family to watch the games at someone's home.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? I am going to have to go with AP.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  Since I am still a student for a few more months, the trip will definitely make an impact on my finances. Luckily I only have to travel from Edinburgh, and a friend has offered to put me up for the weekend, so I should get by pretty easily. I have been doing an internship over the summer, and my final pay check will pretty much be my Vikings/London fund.

Elizabeth Hultgren | Minnesota native and U grad, teaching in Västerås, Sweden

Why are you going to the game? A friend [Katy Gorrilla] and I are both living in Europe for the first time this year. When we heard that the Vikings would be playing in London we couldn't pass up the opportunity to cheer on our Minnesota Viking's abroad.  It's also a little piece of home after being gone since the end of July -- nothing can beat Minnesota Nice!  It will be Katy's first Vikings game.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) We are planning on seeing as much as possible in the long weekend we are there. We really would love to see Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, as well as just experience London for the first time.  We would definitely wear our horns if we had some.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? ADRIAN PETERSON! ...We would love his autograph.

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