Is this instead of the draft party?
Take this for what it is worth - This is per some of the people at WAVF.com, but I believe it to be credible.
Because of the first round of the draft being on a Thursday, it appears that there won't be a draft party at winter park that day. Supposedly there will be several "official" draft parties around the metro area, and then this 50th anniversary celebration in the MOA on Saturday.
Personally, I think it sucks, and if/when this is officially announced, I intend on sharing my frustration with Winter Park.
I'd put this more on the NFL than the Vikings, guess they feel that people wouldn't want to hang around til later in the evening for their pick. Whereas the old style draft party was more of an all day event but the NFL screwed that up with their eternal drive for milking every event for what it's worth.
I agree that the NFL screwed up BIG time by making this a Thursday night event, but it doesn't mean that the Vikings have to completely back out of the draft party. Is there some law I don't know about that prevents people from gathering and drinking on a Thursday night?
I know, it probably wouldn't have drawn as big of a crowd, and the sensible part of me knows that the Vikings marketing department looked at the numbers and likely realized that it simply wouldn't be profitable.. but come ON!
I hate to be "that guy", but as a season ticket holder, I don't want to go to a big public celebration at the MOA where everybody and their freaking neighbor who happens to be at the mall can attend. There was something special about being a part of the day, a part of the atmosphere. When I tell people I am driving 4+ hours to go watch the NFL draft live from the Vikings headquarters, most people think that is pretty bad ass. Driving 4+ hours to stand in line for autographs with 25k other idiots at the mall of america? Most people think that is pretty pathetic.