Everyone across the country has heard about the love affair between singer Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter has attended two consecutive Chiefs games in the past two weeks in Chicago and New York, and Minnesotans are expecting Taylor to make an appearance in Minneapolis this Sunday as the Chiefs (3-1) take on the Vikings (1-3). While the game may attract a world-famous popstar, Vikings Games also drive significant traffic to the Twin Cities area, and with high traffic comes higher crime rates. Here’s what Minnesotans should know about crime and NFL games:
While Taylor may be safe in her box seats, 39 percent of NFL fans reported witnessing crime while attending a game, with more than 7 percent saying they were victims themselves. And with sports rivalries comes “Bad Blood” so it is not surprising that the most common reported crime is physical violence, including verbal harassment.
Additionally, football and beer go hand in hand, but spectators should understand the basics of public intoxication and alcohol related crimes in Minnesota. While public drunkenness is not a crime in Minnesota by itself, fans may get themselves into trouble while being drunk in public, whether that be a DWI, Disorderly Conduct, Damage to Property, or Underage Drinking.
If you have too much to drink on Sunday or your anger at the Vikings gets the best of you, contact our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys, and we’ll help you “Shake It Off”.