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Fans arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium as Super Bowl excitement builds

February 4, 2018 GMT

Fans are arriving at U.S. Bank Stadium, escaping the cold outside and exploring the concourses as excitement builds before the game.

The stadium doors opened at 1 p.m., well before the scheduled 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

Many of those wandering through stadium were decked out in Patriots or Eagles apparel, but there were plenty of fans wearing Vikings purple. Vikings fan Kim Hoeft bought her Super Bowl tickets in October, hoping to see the home team in the big game. On Sunday, she wore gold leggings and a Stefon Diggs jersey, and said she was looking for support while we cry in our beer.

As she posed for a photo, a passing Eagles fan stopped to congratulate them and said, You guys had a hell of a season.

Fans were stopping for beer and a bite to eat, snapping selfies all over. While there was heavy foot traffic in the skyways as fans made their way to the stadium, the concourses seemed to moving well.

Kim Keller, of Damariscotta, Maine, got her ticket to the Super Bowl as a gift after the Eagles won the NFC Championship. The only other stadium she has been to is Philadelphias Lincoln Financial Field. As a die-hard Eagles fan, she loves the home field, but this is beautiful, she said as she looked around U.S. Bank Stadium.

It is just striking, especially with the bright blue sky, she said. Its nice to have it covered because its so cold.

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