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Show Your Vikings Training Camp Spirit

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Minnesota Vikings Training Camp






For the past 51 years, Mankato has been flooded with thousands of guests donning purple, gold and perhaps horns during a few glorious weeks of summer.

Vikings Training Camp is coming to Mankato for camp from July 23 to August 8, 2017 and calling us its summer home for the 52nd year. Last year fans came from 28 states, Canada, England, and over 100 different Minnesota cities to watch daily practices and take part in all the fun and fanfare in the Vikings Village.

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Vikings Training Camp Apparel

Show off your purple and gold pride with the 2017 Vikings Training Camp shirt! Shirts can be purchased at the Visitors Center (12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1645, Mankato) for $15. Shipping 1-3 shirts is $5; 3-5 shirts is $10; and for orders of more than 5, call us at 507-385-6660 for a quote.



Vikings Spirit Contest

Congratulations to Century 21 Atwood Realty on being voted as displaying the best Vikings colors by Viktor the Viking in the Vikings Spirit Contest! They won a pizza party for up to 20 people at Jake’s Stadium Pizza as well as Vikings memorabilia. Congratulations to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mankato and Morken, Eckberg and Steiner for being chosen as finalist!



Welcome Vikings and Fans to Mankato

Showing some love while the Vikings and fans are in town is a great way to tell them you appreciate their business and have as much Vikings spirit as they do. One way to do this is by displaying messages of welcome throughout Vikings Training Camp. The message can be as simple as “Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings, staff and fans!” or “Skol Vikings!”


Vikings Training Camp in MankatoVikings Training Camp Special Promotions

Let Visit Mankato help get your business in front of thousands of people as fans come to Mankato for Vikings Training Camp. We will promote your special offers to those enthusiastic Vikings fans. Or provide prizes from your business for Visit Mankato’s booth in the Vikings Village.

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Join the fun as the Vikings come to town on July 24 at the Tailgate Thursday party from noon-2 pm on the MSU-Mankato campus.  Meet players and cheerleaders, get autographs, play games and sample free snacks.  Prizes will be given to the best dressed fan and best poster.  Go> – See more at:

Vikings Community Impact

As a community, it is important we embrace these fans, jerseys and all, and make them feel welcome in greater Mankato.

The Vikings Training Camp and the fans it brings, has huge economic impact on greater Mankato. Thousands of fans come to Mankato and spend their money in our restaurants, hotels and retail shops. Those fans spend an average of more than $5 million dollars each year in greater Mankato. That is a huge impact on a community of 50,000 people.

Aside from the obvious benefits listed above, there are several other reasons to extend a welcome to our Viking visitors.

There are immeasurable intangible benefits to Vikings Training Camp. Thousands of people experience greater Mankato for the first time when they visit Training Camp. We are confident these initial visits result in many bounce back visits at another time. Once people get to know greater Mankato, the possibility of a return visit is high. So dazzle them while we’ve got them and they just might come back and see us again.

Minnesota State University, Mankato plays host to the Vikings every year. With thousands of potential students visiting Vikings Training Camp each year, this can serve as a tremendous recruiting tool for the university.

Finally, Training Camp has attracted a great deal of media attention over the years. This year there will be even more buzz with Minnesota hosting the 2018 Super Bowl. All of the media attention has put Mankato on the national map. This exposure is immensely valuable to the tourism industry.

So come July and August, wear your Vikings garb with pride and welcome the players, coaches and fans to our community. The team’s short stay has a huge impact on our community!

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Contact Joelle with any questions.