Vikings draft party tickets on sale soon

Tickets for the Vikings draft party are scheduled to go on sale on Wednesday. This time, the Vikings have a first-round pick.

The annual Vikings Draft Party is an event that historically packs Winter Park with rabid Vikings fans looking for their first football fix of the new season. For those who can't get enough football, your chance is right around the corner.

Tickets for the event are being made available to season ticket holders now and will go on sale to the public next Wednesday (April 1). Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $70 for the V.I.P. Red Zone tickets. A host of current and former Vikings and the Vikings cheerleaders will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans>,br>
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the event will run until 7 p.m. That time frame will run through the Vikings' first-round draft pick, after which head coach Brad Childress will address the crowd. Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen and former Viking Mike Morris will emcee the event and follow the progress of the draft with fans. The number of tickets is limited to 4,000 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year, the Vikings didn't make a pick until after the first round was over, but that didn't deter fans from packing the Winter Park Fieldhouse or getting their share of excitement. Newly signed Jared Allen and the other members of the starting front four whipped the fans up with promises of a division title. With the Vikings expected to make their first selection by late-afternoon on Saturday, April 25, expect to see another sellout crowd cheering on the newest Viking first-round pick.

NOTES

  • The Vikings offseason work dates have been announced on the NFL's official website, although they have yet to be confirmed by the team. The mandatory minicamp will be held May 29-31, with OTAs beginning May 19-22 and continue June 2-5, 8-11 and 15-16. The team will begin its voluntary offseason workout program April 6.

  • The latest issue of The Sporting News not only has a photo of Jared Allen interacting with our troops in Iraq from his recent USO Tour, but also a photo of former Viking Hank Baskett on a red carpet with his girlfriend – former "Girl Next Door" star and Hugh Hefner trophy girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson.

  • At the NFL owners meeting, Giants co-owner John Mara said that the Giants are in favor of retaining the current 16-game regular season schedule, but stated that, not only were the G-Men in the minority, but "we're the only ones." The league is looking at reducing the preseason down to two or three games and turning those games into regular season contests that would increase the regular season to 17 or 18 games.

  • While the Vikings may not be interested in Jay Cutler, reports out of Chicago are that the Bears have made overtures toward the Broncos about a trade for the disgruntled QB.

  • Some fans were hoping to see the Vikings make a play for wide receiver Torry Holt, who was released by the Rams earlier this month. Holt was visiting the Jaguars Friday.


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