Vikings tailgating regulars have all heard of or maybe even partied with Marcus “Mookie” Anderson and his tailgating posse, the Berserkers. The name is a nod to Nordic history, referring to a type of Viking warrior who was so intimidating that he scared off enemies. And it suits them. The tailgating atmosphere at their game-day parties is nothing short of crazy.
The Berserkers are an informal group of Vikings fans reminiscent of the characters from Old School. This fun-loving group loves football and bonding over their passion with a few cold ones. All are welcome to join the fun, regardless of team loyalties. The infamous Bears fan “Captain Kirk,” pictured below with Mookie, is a regular at the festivities.
This loyal crew got their start in the late 90s, when they could be found tailgating regularly in the Washington Avenue lot (for all you Minneapolis locals). The lot is now the famous Guthrie Theatre and loft apartments. But the tailgates are still going strong.
Berserkers tailgates lean heavily on tradition. Many of the crew attended games with their parents at the old Metropolitan Stadium, and their approach to tailgating pays homage to the Bloomington tailgate founders. And many of the original Berserkers still show up to reminisce with old friends, make new ones and, of course, celebrate all-things Vikings.
Vikings tailgating legend Marcus “Mookie” Anderson (Photo Credit: Christina Kalinowski)
The Berserkers are often the first to arrive and the last to leave, setting up goalposts and hosting day-long nerf football kicking contests. Their tailgates feature videos of classic Vikings games in the lead up to kickoff; plenty of Fran Tarkenton jerseys and a classic menu of brats, chili and red hots. And if you had any doubt, there’s always a cooler full of ice-cold beer at the ready. It’s the “varsity tailgating” method.
The Berserkers aren’t stuck in the yesteryear of tailgating. The have an official tailgating website, Vikings Tailgate, which Mookie began way back in the group’s early days. While the site has changed over the years, it still retains its original purpose: to serve as an online club for people who tailgate in Minnesota. It’s the place to go for Minnesota tailgating information, whether you’re a fan of the Vikings or their opponents.
Mookie and his Berserker brethren have had the honor of tailgating with many out-of-town fans and note that “other than loyalty to their favorite team, there is little difference in NFL fans from all parts of the U.S.” We all enjoy a good tailgate on game day.
In Minnesota and want to tailgate with the Berserkers? You can find them in Purple Lot #1; just look for the goal posts!
A special thanks to Marcus “Mookie” Anderson for personally assisting with this article. Check out his website at vikingstailgate.com for tailgating tips, Vikings updates, football humor and more!
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A Minnesota native who was born and raised Up North, Christina Kalinowski currently calls Minneapolis home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon and enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks). Her work can be found at Examiner.com.