97-year-old grandma goes to first Vikings game

- This season, U.S. Bank Stadium is getting a lot of first-time visitors, but for one lifelong Vikings fan Sunday’s matchup was her first game – ever

At nearly 97 years old, great-great grandma Anna Burge of Brownton, Minnesota still hadn't seen a game in person and with the new stadium open this year, her family knew that had to change.

“It's so fantastic. I don't know what to say. I'm holding back the tears,” Anna said Sunday at the game. 

Her many children and grandchildren rallied together to give her the ultimate game day experience.  They started with surprising her with her own Vikings jersey with the number 97 to match her age.

“I think it’s wonderful to hit [97]! I never thought I would,” said Anna.

Surrounded by family Anna made her way into the stadium for her next surprise: a Vikings "first game” pin to commemorate her long-awaited visit.

Vikings officials then led her on a pre-game sideline tour.

“My kids are all in on this too and I just can't say enough of them,” Anna said. “I have most wonderful kids in the world, but this is great. I just can't get over it.”

Sitting in a sea of purple, Anna soaked in the game day experience, smiling from ear to ear.

Soon, she'd have much more to celebrate as the Vikings piled up touchdown after touchdown in a 31-13 romp over the Houston Texans.

With each score, Anna hooted and hollered - each time mobbed by members of her own purple pride.

“I'm beyond glad. I'm just so thrilled, it's just unbelievable got to hold back the tears,” said Anna.

Anna officially turns 97 on Oct. 20 and she said she was excited to celebrate in style.

 


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