Last week the AP wrote that the Minnesota Vikings were launching vending machines full of team merchandise. I thought this was a creative and clever idea and couldn’t wait to see what the machines looked like. Well, a week later we have photos of the first team vending machine located at the Mall of America. Suffice it to say they’re a wee bit more complex than the machines at the supermarket that cost a quarter per spin.
Even though the Vikings are already pimping Randy Moss #84 jerseys you won’t be able to find them in the vending machines. It was determined that jerseys were too large and expensive to include in machines. Yeah, that seems like a no-brainer. I’m still getting used to seeing shirts and hats in there but the whole thing is pretty cool. The company that designed them has plans to do the same thing for six other teams so keep on the lookout.