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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

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? Well... as we are both fresh out of our graduate school program, we are getting accustomed to budgeting our salaries but we are also used to living as students and so we were able to travel frugally in order to experience the Viking's abroad.

John Duxbury | St. Johns University student, studying in London

Why are you going to the game? I am going to the game because I am a Viking fan through win and loss.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? Cordarrelle Patterson

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? The ticket is going to run me $175, not bad for the experience of a lifetime.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) I arrived here the Aug. 28, so I have already seen many sights of London including: Big Ben, the London Tower, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul Cathedral, I haven't been to Wembley Stadium yet but I am excited to get there. I don't own Helga Horns otherwise I would!

Tyler Abels | West Des Moines, Iowa

Why are you going to the game? My wife is a doctor in her second  year of residency and was she looking for an excuse to go on vacation at the end of September. I told her that I could get tickets to the Vikings game and we could go to London for vacation. She asked me if I would be willing to fly to London just for a Vikings game and my response was “Heck yes I am!”

Do you go regularly go to Vikings games? We live in West Des Moines so it’s hard to get to a lot of games, but I would try to get to at least one Vikings game a year. This year my wife convinced me to go all in and buy season tickets for the Vikes.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? I will go a little against the grain and not say Adrian Peterson. My favorite player is Chad Greenway mainly because I am pretty big Hawkeye fan and it’s awesome to see Chad playing for my favorite pro team.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? Pretty big. The flight alone was expensive, and we are also going to Germany to visit my cousin and go to Oktoberfest so it’s not going to be cheap, but I think it will be a lot of fun.

Gary Wieser | Minneapolis

Why are you going to the game? I have been a die-hard Vikings fan since growing up in North Dakota.  When we found out that the Vikings had a home game in London we tried to decide if it could be a possibility for us to attend.  We decided it was a great opportunity to get to Europe and see a game at Wembley Stadium.

What size is your group? There are four of us in our group: my sister Holly Lammers, brother-in-law Keith Lammers, and another teacher friend, Gina Keenan.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player?  AP

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  You know how people say that teachers have the summer off … well, we didn’t! We worked several extra gigs to help pay for this trip.  Plus we had to use personal days that we saved for the last five years to be able to get out of school.
Are you unhappy the team had to give up a home game to play in London?  We would be unhappy if we WEREN’T going! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Paul Mendoza | Coon Rapids

Why are you going to the game?  I'm the biggest Vikings fan in the world and I've never been to Europe.  I also love to golf and have wanted to golf in Europe.  This is a great opportunity to play golf and watch the Vikes melt the Steel!

Do you go regularly go to Vikings games? Are you (or a family member) a season ticket holder? Yes and yes.  However, I don't attend the preseason games. Our flight to Europe left Sunday so I didn’t attend the home game against Cleveland.  What's weird is my first home game this year will be in London. 

Who's your favorite Vikings player? I'm usually a QB guy, my answer is AP all day.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) Where ever the tour bus takes us.  I won't be sporting that I'm a Vikes fan until game day for personal safety reasons. 

Dianne Valerius | East Bethel, Minn.

Why are you going to the game?  First off, I bleed purple, so how can I miss a home game?  Secondly, I have always wanted to see England so this was perfect.

What size is your group? Traveling from Minnesota, it will just be myself and my neighbor for a girls trip.  When we go to the game and other NFL functions, we will be joined by six other members of my family who are living in England.  I was able to purchase eight tickets for the game by being a season ticket holder.

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