EAGAN, Minn. —The Vikings first training camp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center will mark a new era and bring about multiple changes for the annual summer tradition.
One significant difference the Vikings announced this week is that reserved tickets will be required to access camp practices. The free general admission tickets will be available via Vikings.com in June.
The requirement of reserved tickets is based on an expected high demand for access to the sparkling site as it hosts its first training camp just four-plus months after opening. The team intends to provide Season Ticket Members with an opportunity to reserve their tickets prior to the general public, but details on the maximum number of tickets and maximum number of days are still being determined.
While multiple camp details are still in the planning process, including a maximum capacity to ensure the best fan experience, the Vikings estimate a capacity of approximately 5,000 fans, will be able to attend daily, with a possible expansion for night practices.
"Given the entirely new experience surrounding the 2018 Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, it is extremely important for our franchise to communicate early and often with our fans," said Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren. "The emerging vision for what we can do at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan will certainly bring tremendous energy and excitement to this region and provide a fantastic experience for Vikings fans. We look forward to formally announcing our training camp plans in early June."
Training camp is expected to be open to the public for approximately three weeks (through the Vikings second preseason game against the Jaguars). Specific dates and times will be announced in June, but rookies are scheduled to report on Tuesday, July 24, and practice for the first time on Wednesday, July 25, while veterans are scheduled to report on Friday, July 27, and practice for the first time on Saturday, July 28.
Other plans include the continuation of daily position group autograph sessions, a variety of food and beverage offerings and multiple plaza activities. Team officials are also exploring the idea of offering reserved seating or an upgraded experience that would include a cost.
The Vikings also have not finalized details on parking or shuttles, but there will be a fee similar to past years at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Vikings intend to release the full training camp schedule and final logistical details in early June.