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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 is my favorite Viking player? Jared Allen!

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  I started saving the day they announced last year that we were going to have a home game in England.  No vacations all year and yes I had to suffer that long hard winter without going somewhere warm this year!  I booked my airline tickets early, used my neighbors’ timeshare for a place to stay and got my tickets at a great price for being a season ticket holder.  Did it blow a large hole in my budget for 2013, yes, but it is so going to be worth it! This is a once in a lifetime trip..

Curt Wagner | Edina

Why are you going to the game?  My brother, two cousins and I take a road trip to a Vikings game every year.  This game is our “road trip” game this year.  We have been to San Diego, Kansas City, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Green Bay and Seattle.  It just so happens that our main road trip this year will actually be a home game!  In addition, I studied in London for a semester in college, so this is going to be a great return for me and first trip for my wife.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? It's hard to say anyone other than AD, Adrian Peterson.  I know I'm excited to have Greg Jennings on the team and getting comfortable playing in purple.  And of course, Cordarrelle Patterson.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) We are probably going to have high tea with the Queen.  She invited us and specifically asked us to wear our Vikings jerseys.  I think William and Kate will be there too.  Of course, I'm joking.  We have most of the tourist sights to see … and of course we will definitely check out Big Ben -- even though we will see the Vikings sacking him all night Sunday!

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  We have definitely saved for the trip.  We have no idea if we will ever be back to Europe, so we are taking advantage of our time over there.

Josh Kobow | Bloomington

Why are you going to the game? My wife and I are celebrating our five-year anniversary.  We've always wanted to go to London and figured the Vikings being in town was a nice motivation to make the trip across the pond.

Who's your favorite Vikings player? Blair Walsh (and obviously AP).
How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? London is very expensive.  I'm expecting a crater.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) The Shard, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.  Just one Helga Horn, to trumpet a first down. Skol!

Are you unhappy the team had to give up a home game to play in London? Somebody had to give up a home game.  I wish it was the Steelers, but we could do without ONE game in the "Inflatable Toilet." #goodRiddance

Dayna Myos | Brooklyn Center

Why are you going to the game?  A couple years ago a group of us decided we wanted to go to a Vikings away game each year.  It start in Kansas City, then Seattle and this year London (and Dallas, too).  Of the group, only Carrie Ginder will be able to make this trip to London.

Who's your favorite Vikings player? AP, Jared Allen and Blair Walsh.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) We don't have Helga horns but now I have something to add to my shopping list! Both of us have been to London before so we’ve done most of the touristy stuff already.  We are both obsessed with Princess Kate and want to go back to Westminster after watching the wedding.  We are going to go to the Downton Abbey house and hopefully get to a soccer game

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget?  YOLOAIDPFD is our motto and the explanation of why we do the things we do, such as travel to London to cheer on our Vikings.  It means: “You only live once, and I don’t pay for day care.” We actually have bracelets that say it. They are a good reminder of how great our lives are the way they are.

Daneen Kiger | Woodbury

Why are you going to the game? When we first heard about the London game last fall, we immediately decided we would forego our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Napa Valley and head to London to watch the Vikes!  We even went and bought a British flag to fly from our RV for tailgating in Purple Lot #3!

What size is your group? We have six people total and we bought our package from ThomsonSport out of London.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? Let's just say I'm happy that we got our bonus this past year to help pay for this trip. I'm planning on packing a duffle bag in one of our suitcases to bring back souvenirs from the game for family and friends.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) We will definitely be wearing purple every day. I tend to wear purple and gold feathers, so watch for the feather trail at Wembley!  We are taking a detour to Scotland for a couple days, then the NFL festivities on Regent Street, then a few days taking in all the London sights.  The London Eye by night, the Jack the Ripper Pub Crawl, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and a lot of walking.

Eric Thomas | Sioux Falls, S.D.

Why are you going to the game? My wife and I are going to the game with another couple in order to watch the Vikings play in an international venue and to also make a vacation out of the whole trip. My wife and I are season ticket holders and get to the majority of the home games.

Who's your favorite Vikings player? Being from South Dakota we are big Chad Greenway fans. Harrison Smith is great as well.

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