Draft Parties Set

While the Winter Park gala is sold out, you can still get together with other Vikings fans and talk non-stop Purple on Saturday, the first day of the NFL draft.

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The Vikings' draft party at Winter Park, which replaced the old Mall of America format from year's past, is sold out. If you were not able to be one of the 2,500 to secure tickets to that event, there is another alternative — party at Bob's, as in Benchwarmer Bob's Sports Cafe in Burnsville.

Viking Update/Viking Update.com and Benchwarmer Bob's in Burnsville are combining to host a draft party for those unable to purchase tickets to the Vikings draft party at Winter Park. The VU/BWB party is running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Burnsville Benchwarmer Bob's at 251 W. Burnsville Parkway, three blocks east of 35-W at the Burnsville Parkway exit.

The draft will be televised on ESPN, with other events taking place. Local artist Karl Jaeger will be displaying his Vikings prints. Beer sponsors are donating product to give away, and Viking Update is giving away Vikings merchandise big and small. Please call J.C. at Benchwarmers at 952-895-0800 and e-mail Ametrine if you are planning to attend the VU/BWB party.

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