Reporting Rachel Slavik
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 10-year-old Vikings fan wants to hang up his Helga horns all because of what happened in the stands during Sundays game against the Lions.
Teagan Burch and his dad, Kurt, posted an open letter to the team in the Star Tribune.
For Vikings fans, the allegiance to the team often starts at a young age, and from the looks of Teagan’s room, purple pride had already set in.
That is, until a trip to Sunday’s game changed everything.
“He was mostly disappointed, I think, and hurt,” Kurt said. “I think he took it personally.”
Just minutes into the first quarter Teagan asked to leave, unable to drown out the shouting and rowdy fans.
“It was unnecessary; you didn’t need to stand,” Teagan said. “The seats are there for a reason. Use them.”
The two decided that home was the better place to watch the game, and that’s when father and son turned anger into action, crafting the letter.
“I write to tell you that your team has likely lost a passionate fan,” Kurt said.
In a letter to the Vikings, the Burch’s explained their experience.
“We had an inkling that attending the game might not be pleasant,” Kurt continued.
Expecting no reply, a young fan was ready to hang up his horns. But every Vikings fan knows there’s always another game.
“They’ve offered a game in a press box — that’s good,” Teagan said. “I’m excited.”
The Vikings said their goal is to make the game day experience positive and memorable for everyone, adding that they do have ways to report offensive language and behavior.
While the Vikings don’t have a family section right now, the team is looking at including a family zone in the new stadium and during their run at TCF Bank stadium.