As one stadium falls and another prepares to rise, these loyal Vikings fans will tell you something is being lost.
MINNEAPOLIS -- As one stadium falls and another prepares to rise, these loyal Vikings fans will tell you something is being lost.
"We've been with them, we follow them, we go to the games, we watch the games," says Shannon Parmeter. "And it's just sad, It's just wrong."
Season ticket holders since 1960, Parmeter and her family are deep in purple pride and cheer the team from the front row.
They are now being priced out of those seats in the new stadium, which come with hefty one-time seat license fees attached.
Four of the Parmeter's seats will cost $9,500 dollars each and two others will close $3,700 each. Their seat license grand total comes to $45,400 which is in addition to the ticket prices which will cost $19,200 per season.
"To have tickets cost this much, it's heartbreaking because we can't afford that amount of money," says Parmeter.
Her nephew can't believe it either.
"You shouldn't have to take out a loan for something like this," says Derek Vocovich.
It's been called 'The People's Stadium' and the Vikings insist there is truth in that name.
"We have, what we think are a lot of affordable options," says Steve LaCroix, Vikings Vice President of Sales/Marketing.
They have 12,000 seats with no license fees and entry level licenses start at $500.
"When you look at that as something you own over the course of 30 years, we think is a very viable option for fans to consider," says LaCroix.
For Parmeter, these fees mean giving up the prized seats her father left them when he passed away 5 years ago.
"It's going to break my heart that I can't keep them in the family for him," says Parmeter.
As current season ticket holders they will be offered priority pick of new seats in the stadium, even if they are further back.
These lifelong loyal fans wish the team would cut them a break.
"I'd like to know how many season ticket holders there are, that actually still have tickets from 1960 all the way up until now," says Vocovich. "I'd be willing to bet it's a very very small percentage."