By Jennifer Mayerle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Fans left the Xcel Energy Center a little deflated after the Wild lost Friday night’s game. But as faithful fans do, hundreds started early in the day.

“Other games you can go right in and get into your seats but this one is being part of the crowd,” Sarah Matasosky of Lakeville said.

One Wild fan found a way to bring ’em luck.

“I don’t know what it is, you just gotta grow em, gotta have a beard for playoffs,” Ryan Copeland of Hudson, Wisconsin said.

Businesses nearby buy into the excitement. Bars across from the X feel the playoff fever.
Eagle Street Grill’s manager told WCCO a playoff run does wonders for business.

And when inside the Xcel Energy Center, faithful fans raised the level of energy and excitement.

“I just want to be the No. 1 fan,” Chris Cordero of Champlin said.

Cordero fully committed to the team two years ago with a tattoo on the side of his head.

“Live or die Wild. I always wanted a Wild tattoo so I figured just go big,” Cordero said.

And it’s this team, this year that has Wild fans wanting W after W.

“They’re all working together finally. They’ve had some rough patches the last couple of years, coach turnover, injuries, they’re all finally gelling and it’s finally exciting to see that chemistry that we’ve all been waiting for for the last couple of years,” Ben Walker of Eagan said.

The youngest of fans feel it.

“Exciting, surprising,” Nico Glass of Edina said.

“Let’s go Wild,” said Colton Abbott of Dodge Center.

Others wanted to stand out with a painted face, just like they say the team has this year.

“Just to support the team,” Brad Benoit of St. Paul said.

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