PHILADELPHIA – They’re bracing for mayhem.
While Minnesota travel agents are warning Vikings fans headed to Philadelphia for Sunday’s NFC title game to leave their purple at home to avoid confrontations with angry Eagles fans, Philly cops are preparing for bedlam following the game.
Minnesota TV station FOX9 aired a segment this week in which one travel agent warned, “If the Vikings win, yes, I would take off any sort of like colors. I know it sounds ridiculous, like we’re almost talking about gangs here, but it’s no joke down in Philly. It really isn’t.”
Philly fans know how to misbehave. Last weekend, one Eagles fan was arrested for punching a police horse in the face, and in 2008 when the Phillies won the World Series, 76 people were arrested for celebrating a little too hard.
Sounds like neither side can promise Eagles fans will be on their best behavior Sunday during NFC title game.
With a chance to go to the Super Bowl, the stakes are even higher this weekend. The Philadelphia Police Department issued a notice this week advising business owners to lower the metal gates to protect their stores, stash away any hard objects that can be thrown like trash cans, and to make sure their security cameras are on. Bars have also been asked to to serve drinks in plastic cups instead of bottles.