There was a time when it looked as if Mankato-based training camp would fall victim to the NFL work stoppage. Fortunately, the NFL and the NFLPA came to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in time to save training camp for the Vikings.
The Vikings announced on Monday, just hours after the NFL and NFLPA reached agreement on a new CBA, that the team would head down to Minnesota State University, Mankato for training camp, marking the 46th consecutive year that Mankato has hosted training camp.
“Hosting the Vikings training camp is an integral part of our community,” said Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson. “For two weeks, our hotels, restaurants and bars are filled with thousands of Vikings fans. The citizens and businesses of Mankato welcome those fans back in 2011 and moving forward.”
According to the Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau, approximately 60,000 fans from 28 states, Canada, England and over 100 different Minnesota cities attended last year’s training camp. The annual event has an estimated $5 million economic impact on the Mankato community.
Credit goes to the city of Mankato and Minnesota State University, Mankato for their patience with the NFL’s labor process. Mankato and the University are great hosts each and every year. Credit also goes to Vikings ownership, the front office and head coach Leslie Frazier because they realized the value in having training camp in Mankato, both for the community there and for the organization.
“We wanted to prolong our decision as long as possible in an effort to maintain our training camp tradition of practicing in front of Vikings fans in Mankato” said Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf. “The Vikings appreciate the patience and flexibility shown by Minnesota State University and the Mankato community in making this work, and we look forward to returning to our training camp home in August.”
Monday has been filled with a bunch of good news, and the announcement that the training camp tradition of practicing in front of fans in Mankato is perhaps the best news of all.
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