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Updated: October 24th, 2012 2:34pm
Vikings executives headed to London for Rams-Patriots game

Vikings executives headed to London for Rams-Patriots game

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings won't play a game in London until next season, but four team executives will make the trip overseas this weekend to get a head start on planning.

The New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams will meet on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, which will be the site of the Vikings game against the Pittsburgh Steeelers on Sept. 29, 2013.

Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said he will be joined on the trip by fellow Vikings vice presidents Steve LaCroix, Steve Poppen and Kevin Warren.

They will head to London on Friday, attend the game on Sunday and then spend Monday meeting with officials from the NFL and London to discuss matters.

"We're going to focus on the trip more after the season," Bagley said. "But it's good to scout it out," with the game being play there Sunday.

Wembley Stadium has been the site of the NFL International Series since it began in 2007.

The Vikings will be the "home" team for their game against the Steelers next season, meaning there will be seven regular-season games played at the Metrodome instead of eight.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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