Show Your Vikings Training Camp SpiritVisit Mankato
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 to August 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.
Vikings Spirit Contest
There will also be a Vikings Spirit Contest for local businesses throughout Training Camp. Businesses who choose to participate will deck out their workplaces, offices, employees and more in purple, gold and Vikings spirit galore! Judging will be on a date to be determined, and the winner will be announced on a date to be determined. The business that bleeds purple and gold the proudest will be awarded Vikings memorabilia from Viktor himself, as well as a pizza party for up to 20 people at Jake’s Stadium Pizza. Deadline to sign up will be announced.
Businesses that wish to participate should contact Joelle.
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.