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Want to join the Vikings in London? For free?

Posted by: Updated: August 1, 2013 - 12:59 PM


That’s the hashtag being worn on T-shirts throughout Mankato right now in conjunction with a Meet Minneapolis push to elevate excitement for the Vikings’ late-September trip to London play the Steelers. As part of that effort, a London-style red phone booth is present in the Vikings’ training camp village in Mankato with fans attending practices allowed to have their picture taken inside. The phone booth will move to downtown Minneapolis next week when the Vikings return to town for their preseason opener with Houston.

But the partnership between Meet Minneapolis and the Vikings has also produced an eye-opening sweepstakes on that will send two fans to London to attend the game against the Steelers.

Included in that grand-prize getaway are two Club Level tickets to Wembley Stadium for that game plus two round-trip Delta flights from Minneapolis to London as well as a four-night stay at the Radisson Blue Edwardian and entrance to a pair of NFL parties.

Additional details for the sweepstakes can be found at the Meet Minneapolis web site. And in addition to the grand prize drawing, there will be additional weekly giveaways for Vikings’ games in the Twin Cities.

On Thursday, the CEO of Meet Minneapolis, Melvin Tennant, popped through camp to discuss the promotion and noted that the majority of Viking season-ticket holders are from the five-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“That’s exactly where we want to draw visitors from,” Tennant said. “So our marketing team came up with this promotion that will really allow a lucky winner to get over to the game on Sept. 29 and be treated royally during that whole week.”

The grand-prize winner will be announced at the Vikings’ final preseason game Aug. 29 against Tennessee at Mall of America Field.

"Can't be a Packers fan," Tennant joked. "Actually I don't know if we're allowed to say that. But we hope."



Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 88 4th Qtr 2:57
Milwaukee 92
Dallas 128 4th Qtr 1:45
Oklahoma City 129
Sacramento 111 4th Qtr 0:52
Houston 115
Toronto 113 4th Qtr 0:22
Minnesota 99
Denver 42 3rd Qtr
Utah 54
LA Clippers 9 1st Qtr 7:47
Portland 10
New Orleans 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 3rd Prd 10:40
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 0 1st Prd 11:39
Anaheim 1
Colorado 9:30 PM
San Jose
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




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