MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said Tuesday that he's "the most excited I've been since we purchased the team," but added, "there's a lot of hard work ahead."
Wilf visited Verizon Vikings Training Camp at the onset of his family's 11th season of stewardship of the team.
"The optimism comes not just so much about the talent but also what we have in terms of the organization structurally," Wilf said. "We have a GM [Rick Spielman] and coach [Mike Zimmer] and coaching staff we believe in. We feel we have a pool of talent, but again, a lot of hard work ahead of us to get where we want to go."
Wilf said the Vikings are pleased to be back at Minnesota State University, Mankato for the 50th training camp on campus. He said the team is "in the process of talking to the folks here and looking to extend our relationship here."
"I think it's a good place to get together and get some team building," Wilf said. "Coach Zimmer spoke to it the other day, just to have that camaraderie and team-building experience to kind of build off what happened in OTAs and get it to the next level."
The Vikings have several events planned to commemorate the 50th season, and will have a football and fireworks night Saturday, when the team also hosts a special send off to Canton for Hall of Fame enshrinee Mick Tingelhoff.
Wilf said the team was happy to welcome back Peterson, who mutually agreed with the team on terms to restructure the final three years of his current contract.
"We're happy Adrian's back, obviously. He's a unique talent and a good person. We're happy he's here playing for us and can't wait for the season to get going," Wilf said. "He's had a long, good history here with the Vikings and the community."
Wilf said he visited U.S. Bank Stadium Monday. The state-of-the-art venue is more than 65 percent complete and remains on schedule for completion in July 2016.
"I'm amazed every couple of weeks that I get to visit here with just how much progress is going on," Wilf said. "We're very thankful for all the hard work, the thousand-plus workers that are doing such an amazing job and there's a lot of progress that our fans can see. Our number one goal is to provide the best fan experience, and to be a world-class organization. I think the stadium is a big step in getting us there."
Another goal on the field still remains, too, Wilf said.
"It's our 11th season, and we have a lot of good moments here, but we're still on the quest for our ultimate goal: to win a Super Bowl championship and to bring one to Minnesota," Wilf said. "We have a lot of faith in our coaches, our GM and our players to work hard and make good things happen."