When people start making their way to the first Minnesota Vikings training camp to be held at the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, they’ll get an opportunity to be among the first to see a new bit of Vikings’ history.
The team is going to be opening a brand new museum in Eagan, with a projected opening date of 25 July. That will be the first date that rookies (and some select veterans) will be practicing before everyone reports on 27 July.
There’s a photo gallery available at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s website that shows a few of the artifacts that are going to be housed at the new museum. From the looks of it, there’s going to be a lot of different pieces of equipment, including goal posts and helmets and things of that nature. They’re even going to have some of the actual outfits that Bud Grant wore while patrolling the sidelines of Metropolitan Stadium. (And the Metrodome, I suppose, though the majority of his years coach the team were at The Met.)
According to another article at the Star-Tribune, there will be a charge for the museum, and during Training Camp only people with Training Camp tickets will be able to access the museum. I’m not entirely sure if the museum will be free for people that are attending camp and the charges will start after camp is over or if they’re going to be charging people at camp that want to take a look around the museum.
In any case, however, if you can’t get enough Vikings history, the team has put together what promises to be the premiere collection of memorabilia for fans of the purple to get nostalgic over.