Rabid Jets fans travel in droves to Minnesota and tick off the Wild
ONCE THE JETS make the playoffs, it’ll pour gasoline on a smoldering feud with Minnesota.
For rabid, passionate Winnipeg fans, still full of energy after getting their team back, Minnesota is the closest opposing club, as the state borders Manitoba. It’s an easy trek to St. Paul from Winnipeg, so the Jets faithful come out in droves when their team visits the Wild.
The Jets fans are a vocal minority at the Xcel Energy Center, known for drowning out the Wild faithful with “Go Jets Go!” chants, and it drives Minnesota nuts. Local press and blogs publish guides on “how to deal with visiting Jets fans.” The Jets also get on Minnesotans’ nerves because they have a “stranglehold” on tick- ets for their own building, the MTS Centre, as the Wild’s Zach Parise put it. The MTS Centre has the NHL’s smallest capacity at 15,004, so it’s an extremely tough ticket. Minnesota fans wanting to travel north and support their team can’t do it as easily as the thousands of travelling Jets fans, and that adds to the frustration.
The two teams meet Nov. 16, Dec. 27, Dec. 29, Feb. 10 and April 6.