Don't let Minnesota's infamously cold weather scare you away - the Twin Cities are a fantastic place to be a Gooner!
And in our latest Arsenal America tour stop, we visit Minneapolis, where the locals meet at 'The Local' and aim to create a truly local feel for fellow supporters. As branch manager Chris Opp recalls from a visit to Highbury in 2005:
" I enjoyed meeting and talking with the local Arsenal fans. It was Arsenal in real life."
Group Name: Minnesota Arsenal
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Year established: 2004
Number of active members: 50
Normal match start time: Varies on scheduling of matches, but often 9am
Where we watch matches: We watch matches at The Local, 931 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. They open up early for every Premiership match.
Where our members hail from: Our members mostly hail from Minnesota, but several other nations are represented by our members.
Group's favorite Arsenal moment: Visiting Highbury in 2005!
Group's favorite players: Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Samir Nasri and Liam Brady
Why we are Gooners: "And it's Arsenal, Arsenal FC, We're by far the greatest team, The world has ever seen...."
Why Americans should be Arsenal fans: If you want to watch great entertaining football, then Arsenal is the club for you.21 Sep 2011