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A few weeks ago, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal provided the Vikings response to a fan submitted letter to the StarTribune which labeled fans as, “loud, obnoxious, purposefully rude and inconsiderate, foul-mouthed, and drinking heavily or already drunk.” While the response was more or less what you’d expect, the real question is whether this is truly the problem the letter claimed it to be.
From the article:
“We do not condone or appreciate any derogatory language or indecent behavior by Vikings fans,” Anderson said in an e-mail. “Our goal is to make the game-day experience as positive and memorable as possible for all attendees.”
Anderson said the team has implemented a variety of measures aimed at preventing and/or reporting offensive language and otherwise poor behavior at games. The team has a text number that fans can use to to report incidents, and a fan “code of conduct” is posted throughout the stadium and inside The Playbook, a game-day publication that is distributed on every seat.
In addition to the mostly useless and passive attempts at controlling fan behavior, the Vikings are considering adding a family section to both the Gopher Stadium and the new Vikings stadium when it is built in an attempt at curtailing some of the observed problems.
While I have only been to two in-season Vikings games (and two preseason games), I have never witnessed anyone who was unruly and, to be perfectly honest, it’s so unbelievably loud in that stadium that hearing anything 98% of the time is almost impossible. To say that people are “drinking heavily” is relative I suppose. At $8 – $10 a beer, it’s not exactly a common occurrence to see someone chugging down beers during the game and I have witnessed very few who aren’t immediately walking off the train on their way to the game completely sober. However, a few bad eggs always ruin it for everyone but for 311 people responding to the MSPBJ’s poll to say it’s safer at home is rubbish unless they were only choosing that option because it’s more enjoyable to not sit in $40 (face value, not what you can get them for online) seats 3.5 miles away from the 50 yard line and instead actually be able to see what’s happening down on the field.
Have you been to a Vikings game recently? If so did you find the fans to be rude, obnoxious, drunk, and foul-mouthed? Could you actually hear anything other than the roar of the stadium? How many beers do you buy at the stadium when you go to any sporting event? Do you think a family section would solve these problems? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.