It's not hard to tell that Vikings fans are passionate, but when they get out of control, it can ruin the entire game day experience -- especially for kids.
This past weekend, the experience was so bad that a 10-year-old boy who bought his own ticket with his birthday money ended up leaving the dome shortly after he got there. He and his father were home by halftime, and they sat down to write a letter to the team about their experience.
Teagan Burch told FOX 9 News he's ready to wear his purple pride.
"I'm ready for the Vikings to come out of the tunnel with all the smoke," he said.
Unfortunately, his first time among the fans wasn't very fun. According to Burch and his father, Kurt, the problems began when the national anthem began on Veterans Day.
"It wasn't, 'Hooray! I'm an American!'" Kurt Burch recalled. "This was, 'Wow, it's quiet and if I yell, the whole stadium will turn in my direction.'"
The father and son pair say that's exactly what the fans in front of them did, and the rude obnoxious behavior did not let up.
"It was no fun," Teagan Burch said. "It was going to be more fun at home."
So, the two left after the first quarter at Teagan's request.
"I think what he was seeing was behavior he knew wasn't right," Kurt Burch said. "He couldn't behave that way, and people shouldn't behave that way."
When they arrived at home, Teagan threw his Vikings hat away and tore up the tickets, but his father didn't want it to end this way.
"I write to tell you that your team has likely lost a passionate fan," the two wrote during the halftime show. "Many of the people around us were loud, obnoxious, purposefully rude and inconsiderate, foul-mouthed and drinking heavily or already drunk."
Kurt Burch explained that his son thought the fans were corroding the Vikings experience, and that maybe the team would do something about it if they were told. The very next day, the Vikings called them to apologize and offer the Burchs tickets to the upcoming Bears game.
"I would love a second chance to get to a Vikings game," Teagan Burch told FOX 9 News. "Especially in a press box."
Though the duo admits they had been disgruntled, Kurt Burch said he does not believe the response they received was a PR stunt.
"I think it's a sincere effort to speak to one 10-year-old boy in the hopes that he has a better experience," he said. "There's always the chance and the hope something good can come from it."
That good could be a message to other fans to step up and say something to obnoxious neighbors.
"It's just really not okay to be disrespectful," Teagan Burch said. "There are kids trying to enjoy the game."
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