Off Season Training
Mankato Ready For Vikings, Vikings To Delay Training Camp Decision
Back in June, with the National Football League lockout threatening the start of training camp, Minnesota Vikings officials announced they would make a decision on where to hold camp by July 18.
But with news that players and owners are nearing an agreement and may have a tentative deal in place by Tuesday — with ratification by players and owners possible by Thursday — the Vikings’ stance may be softening. Reports now indicate the Vikings may delay their decision if a tentative agreement is in place by the Monday deadline.
In spite of all the speculation, the Minnesota State University campus is pretty much ready for camp to kick off.
The residence halls have been prepped for players. Myers Fieldhouse is ready for team training sessions and the fields are ready for practice.
All that’s needed now, said MSU spokesman Michael Cooper, is for the players to arrive.
“We are all ready for them to move in,” he said. “We’re still optimistic, but it’s a little bit frustrating because the decision is entirely out of our hands.”
At the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau, they’re hoping for the best: a business-as-usual training camp full of plenty of fans at the field and “No Vacancy” signs at hotels.
Larissa Mrozek, the group’s senior sales director, said it looks better for training camp to be a go than it did a week ago.
“Our take right now is that we’re cautiously optimistic,” Mrozek said. “It’s looking more and more promising, and today (with the news of progress in talks to end the NFL lockout), we’re feeling a little better about the whole thing.”
This is great news. With the new CBA rumored to be ending on or around July 21st there is a good chance the Vikings can still hold their annual training camp in Mankato. With this economy, it only meens good things for Mankato and the revenue they would take in. On top of it all the Vikings will actually get to practice! We need Ponder and all the other rookies to get their reps if we expect them to help the team this year!