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

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

Whether you’ll be at the game or watching from the States, meet the people who will be showing their Purple Pride in London this Sunday.

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Who are the Vikings fans who are making the trek to London? They’re students and couples, season ticket holders and expats living in Europe. They’re college students studying abroad and a native of the UK who sports his purple proudly. Two fans live in Iowa and have to “travel” to every home game. For some, it’s the trip of a lifetime, and they’re sparing no expense. Others have scrimped and saved, including a group of teachers who worked summer jobs to swing the trip. One is packing his purple kilt. Whether you’ll be at the game or watching from the States, meet the people who will be showing their Purple Pride in London on Sunday.  

Tom Carothers | Richfield

What size is your group? I’m going with my wife and about 10 friends. My purple kilt – purchased in Scotland three years ago – is packed. All told, our group just kept on growing. It initially started as four people with a plan on going to Oktoberfest in Munich -- then the Vikes announced the London game. Of the four of us, two are Vikes fans and two are Steelers fans, who rank the Vikes as their second-favorite team.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? Even though he's a Hawkeye (I went to Iowa State), Chad Greenway... although Blair Walsh is a solid No. 2.

How big a hole is this going to blow in your budget? It's a major expenditure. I worked a lot of freelance, and we used up a good bit of the wife's signing bonus at her new job. But, not really anything more than what we had planned to spend on this year's vacation.

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) The wife and I are driving out to Stonehenge before the rest of the group arrives. We’re going to see Fulham FC play on Saturday and seeing "Phantom of the Opera" on Friday. Otherwise, I'm sure we'll be cruising on the tour bus and hitting the big sites. I've got my Viking hoodie, but will keep the good stuff for Sunday.

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.

Jamie Rassett | Forest Lake, Minn.

Why are you going to the game? My husband and I are huge fans (me more so than him, but he'll never admit that. We were planning to go to Italy for our six-year wedding anniversary. When we found out the London game was going to be played on Sept. 29 -- our actual wedding anniversary -- it really worked out perfectly. We are flying home from Italy via London so we can go to the game.

Do you go regularly go to Vikings games? We go to every home game we can. We have been season ticket holders since 2009, and my in-laws have been season ticket holders for many years.

Who's your favorite current Vikings player? Adrian Peterson, of course. (Wait, did Favre officially retire? If he's technically still a Viking, it's Brett.)

What London landmarks are you going to try to see? (Will you wear your Helga Horns?) I really want to see Westminster Abbey, Buckingham and the Beatles Magical Mystery Walking. I'm also trying to devise a plan to get my husband to go on a Harry Potter tour with me without realizing that is what we are doing. Unfortunately, I didn't pack the Helga Horns...space was limited for 2 weeks in Europe. My AP jersey and purple shoes made the trip.

Gavin Henderson | U.K. native, living in London

Why are you going to the game? I'm a Vikings fan, and I've been to every International Series game, so was definitely not going to miss this one.

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