(Mankato, MN) – The upcoming Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato could be the last one here.
MSU-Mankato’s Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Straka says while their current contact with the Vikings has training camp set through 2018, the contract does have an option allowing the team to opt out of the final year. That possibility can be be revisited this December and Straka says that will be a “football decision” by the team.
Despite that possibility, Straka says they’ve had an amazing partnership with the Vikings over the last half-century and right now they’re concentrating on getting everything prepared for a great camp this summer.
Those sentiments are shared by Chris Willaert, the sports commission director with Visit Mankato. Willaert says until they have a definitive word from the Vikings that they will be moving out of Mankato, they will work to ensure that each training camp here is the best one ever.
This summer’s will be the 52nd consecutive Vikings training camp to be held in Mankato, but with the team building a new training facility and headquarters in Eagan that will be ready next spring, the overwhelming speculation is that, sooner or later, they will move the summer training camp there as well.
Up to 60,000 football fans come to the Vikings training camp each summer, with an estimated economic impact on Mankato of between $5-million and $7-million.
The official dates of the Vikings training camp at MSU-Mankato for this summer have not yet been announced, but it is expected to run for a couple of weeks starting in late July.
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Training camp photos via Visit Mankato.