This season, the Minnesota Vikings celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Training Camp taking place in Mankato. Yesterday, they announced that they were getting ready to start the next 50.
The Vikings and Minnesota State University, Mankato, have announced that they have reached a three-year agreement that will allow the Vikings to keep their summer preparations on the campus through 2018.
"We're very happy to announce a three-year extension to host the Minnesota Vikings training camp," said Dr. Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. "It's been wonderful to celebrate 50 years of Vikings training camp on our campus this summer, and we look forward to the Vikings being here during the University's 150th year anniversary celebration."
"Announcing this extension with Minnesota State University, Mankato, is a perfect way to celebrate our 50 years together," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "Vikings training camp is a great tradition for the team and our fans, and we look forward to this continued partnership with both the university and the City of Mankato."
The 150-year celebration that Davenport mentioned will take place in 2017.
The team held their training camp on the campus of Bemidji State from 1961 to 1965, and then moved it to Mankato, where it has been ever since. Red McCombs almost moved Training Camp to Sioux Falls back in 2003, but he did not succeed in doing so.
Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota State University, Mankato, for coming to an agreement to keep the Vikings' training camp in the state of Minnesota where thousands of their fans can come and watch every summer.