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British fan expects big party when Vikings play in London

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The Minnesota Vikings will play a 2013 regular season game in London, and that has many football fans across the pond gearing up for game day.

Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley confirmed the game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, but the official announcement came Tuesday.

The team will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, and Vikings fan Mark Pankhurst -- one of a growing number of football fans in England -- told FOX 9 News via Skype that he can't wait to see the face-off on the home field.

"I'm really excited. For the last six years, we've been getting one game a year. Now, we're getting two and it's going to be the Minnesota Vikings," Pankhurst said. "May get to see my rivals in the AFC and support the Vikings beating the hell out of them."

The Vikings will be the "home team" for the London game, and it will be the first time the purple and gold has gone to England in 30 years. That has fans like Pankhurst bursting with purple pride.

"It's an exciting spectacle of a game," he said. "It's brilliant."

When asked how a Minnesotan making the trip to London should prepare, Pankhurst said that fans should get ready for a jolly good time.

"A really good party," he promised. "Drink some warm beer. You can get some cold, American beer, but drink some warm English beer."

Season ticket holders will get a chance to buy tickets to London game or pay for the nine games in Minnesota alone, but Pankhurst said fans won't be alone in cheering for the "home team" when they get there.

"We'll go root for the Vikings," he vowed. "I'll get a T-shirt and really go for it, have a good time."

Last week, the NFL announced the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars would play an Oct. 27, 2013 game at Wembley Stadium in London.

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