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Do Vikings fans have a new way to support their team?

One of the great things about sports is the rivalry that arises between teams. And of course the rivalry is strengthened by the fans of those teams.

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Let’s take the NFL for example, NFC North Rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. The rivalry runs deep and sometimes becomes a bit petty. Fans love it when something embarrassing happens to their rivals. Heck, the fans will argue back and forth about things that happened years ago.

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Last week, the NFL Draft was held in NFC North territory, when Detroit hosted the draft. Multiple reports have raved about how the city has embraced the event, welcoming visitors from other teams as well as their own Lions fans.

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Reports indicate that more than 775,000 fans attended the three-day event.

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Now back to the fans I mentioned earlier, when Detroit was knocked out of the park as hosts this year, it got me thinking; “what will next year’s design look like”? Because next year’s draft will be held in Green Bay.

Once again, in the backyard of NFC North. I imagine there are already rallies taking place in the land of Cheeseheads to “raise the bar” than what Detroit has done this past year. Plus, ensure the greatest possible economic benefit for their area.

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And that also applies to the fans. More than likely, Packers fans are starting their plans as well. Over the next year, they will spend time developing a plan to raise the bar higher than anyone has ever done and make it difficult for the next city to host the draft.

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And for fans of teams like The Vikings, the Chicago Bears and of course the Lions for next year’s draft, their goal is to invade enemy territory and leave their mark as well. They will try to find a way to get people talking about how well their team was represented. Could the trip in one of your rivals’ cities be treated as a road race in the future?

I could see something developing here that is happening in college football with the Clemson Tigers. When Clemson plays on the street, their fans carry tons of two-dollar bills with orange “Tiger Paws” stamped on them. That way, once the game is over and the fans leave, businesses can see the impact Clemson coming to their city has had.

The NFL doesn’t need popularity, but the league certainly upped the ante with last week’s draft. And now that teams and their fans can try to outdo their rivals in hosting the draft, whichever city hosts will likely win, but the league will ultimately be the bigger winner.

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