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Updated: 09/23/2013 7:08 AM
Created: 09/22/2013 12:42 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Katherine Johnson

Last Home Opener for Vikings at the Metrodome

If you build it, they will come.  In downtown Minneapolis, before any construction starts, Vikings fans were already flocking to the Metrodome to give it a bittersweet goodbye as we kick off its final season.

"A couple tears in my eye, but I sneezed earlier," joked one tailgating fan.

The groundbreaking for the new stadium is slated to start at the end of October to early November with the Metrodome's demolition scheduled for the beginning of the year.

"I can't wait for the new stadium. I can not wait," said Grant Breyfogle.

Breyfogle has reason to be excited.  Technically, he is a Viking. His driver's license proves he shares his middle name with his favorite team.

"They decided to name me 'Grant Viking' after Bud Grant ... and the Vikings," he said.

Breyfogle's such a fan, he passed his middle name on to his son, too.

"I thought, if i have a boy, it's going to be Viking no matter what. We talked about this way before even deciding to have kids."

And he vows to follow the team to TCF Bank Stadium and back for the 2016 season.

The Cleveland Browns kept the Vikings winless with a 31-27 victory Sunday.


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