London Calling: Checking in on fans headed to the Vikings game

  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 9:07 PM
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Paul Mendoza will be fulfilling two dreams by golfing in Europe.

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We’ve heard from lots of Vikings fans who will be watching the team in London on Sunday. We’ll run some of their stories this week.

Tyler Abels, West Des Moines, Iowa

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.

Gary Wieser, MINNEAPOLIS

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.

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!

Holly Wruck, FRIDLEY

Why are you going to the game? I’m a season-ticket holder and love to travel. Seemed like a fun opportunity to see London.

Who’s your favorite Vikings player? It’s a toss up between AP and Jared Allen.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? Ha! It’s a big hole.

Are you unhappy the team had to give up a home game to play in London? I think it will be fun to be there; however, this isn’t a trip I’ll be able to afford every year. And if this is a yearly thing maybe they should consider lowering the price of our season tickets.

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. We have been to San Diego, Kansas City, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Green Bay and Seattle. 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.

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