Minn. Vikings Will Stay in Mankato for Training Camp

Updated: 07/24/2013 9:49 PM KSTP.com By: Jenna Jaynes

The Minnesota Vikings will continue holding their training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato for another three years.

The Vikings reached an agreement with the campus this week to continue using their facilities until 2015, at which time it will be the 50th consecutive year the Vikings will be there.

“Vikings training camp in Mankato is a Minnesota tradition,” Mankato President Richard Davenport said. “And we invite the Vikings fans everywhere to come with their families to our campus and community and enjoy this wonderful and exciting preview to the Vikings season.”

The Vikings have been holding training camp at the Mankato school for nearly one-third of its life.

While on campus, the Vikings will be staying in new lodging at the Julia Sears Residence Community building, which opened in 2008. Previously, the team stayed in Gage Residence Community, which closed in 2012 and was demolished last month.

The Vikings report to training camp on Thursday, July 25, with Friday being the first day of practice.

They’ll host their annual events including Family Football Day on Saturday, August 3, Fan Appreciation Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14, and autograph sessions with players on different days throughout the camp.

“Being in front of our fans for training camp is a storied team tradition,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “We appreciate Minnesota State University, Mankato and the City of Mankato for continuing to welcome the team and Vikings fans, and we look forward to reaching 50 years in Mankato.”

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