The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota State University, Mankato have reached agreement on a three-year contract for the Vikings to continue holding training camp on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.
The agreement means the Vikings will be at Minnesota State Mankato for training camp in 2013, 2014 and 2015, with the 2015 training camp marking the Vikings 50th in Mankato. With Minnesota State Mankato preparing to celebrate the university’s 150th year in 2017, the training camp contract extends the partnership with the Vikings to cover more than one-third of the lifetime of the institution, which began in 1868 as Mankato Normal School.
"We are very happy to announce that the Vikings will continue to hold training camp on the Minnesota State Mankato campus for the 48th, 49th and 50th times over the next three summers," Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport said. "Vikings training camp in Mankato is a Minnesota tradition, and we invite Vikings fans everywhere to come with their families to our campus and community and enjoy this wonderful and exciting preview to the Vikings season."
"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."
While on campus, the Vikings will have new lodging, residing in the Julia Sears Residence Community building, which opened in 2008. The team stayed in Sears hall once previously but have primarily resided in the Gage Residence Community complex in past. The Vikings were the last residents of the Gage complex, which closed after the team’s 2012 training camp and was demolished last month on June 29.
The Vikings will report to Minnesota State Mankato on Thursday, July 25, and practice will begin the next day Friday, July 26. Planned events include a Family Football Day on Saturday, August 3, Fan Appreciation Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14, and autograph sessions with players on specified days throughout camp. The 2013 training camp will close Wednesday, August 14. For more information on training camp, click here.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.