Vikings Unveiled New Uniforms

To much fanfare – or at least an estimated crowd between 1,500 and 2,000 people – the Vikings unveiled their new uniform design Thursday evening at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

The Vikings created a much more modern look to their uniforms, unveiled publicly for the first time Thursday night at the Mall of America's rotunda.

The new uniforms come in three combinations – purple jerseys with white pants, white jerseys with white pants and, the most nerve-racking to die-hard fans concerned about upholding a traditional look, purple pants with white jerseys.

The dominant color is complemented by the accent color in a stripe down the sides, outlined in yellow trim. The lettering and numbering stay in traditional block-type fonts with the collar having an accented band.

The unveiling was held with much ceremony. Fans lined the rotunda's four levels, two deep or more at each level, and were treated to a multimedia presentation that featured Vikings alumni appearing in person on stage from each of the franchise's decades – running back Tommy Mason, defensive end Jim Marshall, safety Paul Krause, safety Joey Browner and guard Randall McDaniel.

When it was time to lift the secrecy from the new look, radio voice of the Vikings Paul Allen introduced tight end Jim Kleinsasser, center Matt Birk, tight end Jermaine Wiggins, running back Mewelde Moore, wide receiver Troy Williamson and defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who were displaying the different combinations of color schemes.

The pants feature striping in purple, white and yellow down the side that is wider at the top than the bottom and the Norseman logo at the top. None of the players were wearing helmets, but they held helmets that maintained the traditional Vikings horn, although modified slightly.

After signing autographs and conducting interviews, players and alumni dispersed to different locations in the mall to sign newly purchased jerseys.

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