What’s it like to be a Minnesota Vikings fan in Philadelphia for Sunday’s NFC championship game?
In short, about what you’d expect.
And one video more or less captures the entire experience in 30 seconds:
Eagles fans hucking beers at Vikings fans pic.twitter.com/3APdpPP0ff
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) January 21, 2018
A pair of fans walking to Lincoln Financial Field more than two-and-a-half hours before kickoff were figuratively showered with boos, ‘a–hole’ chants, insults, middle fingers and other crude gestures. And they were literally showered with beer bottles and other beverages.
That’s not the entire experience. It’s actually only a small part of it. To be fair to Philadephia Eagles fans, those abusing the Vikings fans in the video are in the minority. Their actions are inexcusable, but, as another Vikes fan mentions, the majority are friendly, or at least good-natured in their trash talk:
— Mark Vancleave + (@MDVancleave) January 21, 2018
In general, they’re just very passionate. Some reportedly arrived to tailgate as early as 7 a.m. Kickoff is at 6:40 p.m.
They’re also loud. Very loud.
Some Vikings fans appear to have found some peace, though:
There has been one report of significant violence in the parking lots. Police on horseback were called to a parking lot. Either an altercation or the police intrusion left at least one fan bloodied:
But it’s unclear if that incident involved any Vikings fans. A collection of NJ.com photos did not appear to show any Vikings fans on the scene – though they did capture Vikings fans giving the middle finger to Eagles fans.
Eagles fans still have several more hours to garner negative headlines, though.
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