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Vikings Close Camp on Fan Appreciation Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 12, 2009 – 11:45 am

I forgot to mention in this morning’s earlier entry that today was Fan Appreciation Day at Verizon Wireless Vikings Training Camp. As has been the case all of training camp, fans packed the bleachers and crowded the fence line to watch the Vikings at practice under a completely sunny sky and warm temperatures.

The main attraction to Fan Appreciation Day was a full-team autograph signing at the conclusion of practice. The Vikings marketing staff permitted children 12 years old and under to enter the practice fields and ask players to sign items. The entire Vikings team went along the large contingent of waiting children to sign as many autographs as possible.

Another part of Fan Appreciation Day was a silent auction of 20 autographed players’ bicycles. The silent auction will benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund. All 20 bikes up for auction have also been used by a Vikings player during training camp in addition to being autographed. The Vikings will also donate 1 bike to a person in need in the Mankato area for every bike purchased at the auction.


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One Response to “Vikings Close Camp on Fan Appreciation Day”

  1. By Iavikefan on Aug 13, 2009 | Reply

    I’m not sure why they called it Fan Appreciation Day. Only kids 12 and under can aquire autographs?? Do kids 12 and under buy season tickets or drive 5 hours to watch there favorite teams training camp. Fan Appreciation Day should be geared to ALL fans. If you want to do something special for the kids, thats great…but call it Kids Day or Kids under 12 Appreciation Day.
    I was appalled when the after practice autograph session organizers told ALL parents you must alienate yourself from your children. All parents, including myself, were shuffled to a waiting area completely away from their kids. In the future….don’t EVER separate kids from parents!

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