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Vikings Fan Museum Continues To Grow

January 2, 2014, 5:53 PM by Matt Holsen

Vikings Fan Museum Continues To Grow
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A long-time Minnesota Vikings fan has accumulated quite a few team trinkets over the past few decades. From signed jerseys to pictures and more, Tom Stritecky's purple pride is a sight to see.

From a distance, it looks just like any other business. But on top of heating and cooling services, Waterbury in Sioux Falls is also home to a massive collection of Viking memorabilia.

"You know I consider it a hobby or a bit of a passion. My wife calls it a disease," Stritecky said.

That is why she doesn't allow Stritecky, the business' owner, to do any home decorating, so it's all here where he works. Among the Viking keepsakes are signed photos from star players past and present and even some museum-quality gear.

"Well, I have a team football from the 1960 Vikings signed from the very first year I bought from a gentleman in Rochester that personally had it signed," Stritecky said.

On top of that, there's a replica of Chuck Foreman's NFC championship ring from 1974 and a cup holder he took home after the final Vikings game at the Metrodome.

One of the only things missing from this elite fan museum is a nice set of chairs to sit in, but don't worry, they're coming.

"We're going to get some of the seats from there. I've accumulated about 30 to 40 seats with my friends. We're going to make a trip up and pick them up. I don't know if my wife will let me mount them in my family room but we'll have them around here for memorabilia anyway," Stritecky said.

While he never set out to collect so many things, Stritecky enjoys having it around. His dad was a big Vikings fan and he says he's just carrying on the family tradition. 

"I'm still trying to figure out why we spent so many years hanging on to a team that hasn't won the big one yet but I guess us loyalists hang in there and we'll continue," Stritecky said.

Fans interested in checking out the collection can stop by Waterbury at any time. It's open to the public.

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