Minnesota Vikings Pride Booth Attracts Thousands

Not bad for the team's first Twin Cities Pride debut!

The Minnesota Vikings made their first appearance at Twin Cities Pride last weekend and attracted quite the crowd.

According to Out Sports, the NFL team attracted 2,000 fans during the Pride celebrations at Loring Park in Minneapolis.

Vikings player Stephen Weatherly staffed the team’s booth with former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo. Tuaolo came out as gay in 2002 after retiring.

(He also made headlines after showing off his crazy good singing skills on NBC’s The Voice last year.)

“We had 2,000 people for our various sign-ups to win items, which included “SKOL” Pride t-shirts,” said Vikings Guest Services Coordinator Amy Werdine. “It was amazing to see a current and former player come out and interact with people attending the festival. We are excited we were part of Pride this year and can’t wait to be back next year.”

The Vikings made history last Thursday (June 21), as the first team in the NFL to host an LGBTQ summit focused on inclusion in sports.

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