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Vikings set July 18 as drop-dead date for training camp site

Zygi Wilf, Greg Coleman AP

Despite recent optimism that the lockout could end soon, NFL teams are making preparations for the possibility that the lockout may continue deep into the summer, or beyond.

The Vikings are the latest team to make a Plan B, announcing today that if the lockout isn’t over by July 18, they’ll officially cancel plans to have training camp in Mankato.

“The Minnesota Vikings continue preparations for hosting the team’s 2011 training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” the team said in a statement. “In respect to the University and the Mankato community, we have informed school officials that July 18 is the latest date to officially determine whether having training camp at Minnesota State University this year is feasible. The Vikings will maintain contact with University officials moving forward, and we remain hopeful we will practice in front of thousands of Vikings fans in Mankato later this summer.”

About 50,000 fans typically turn out to watch training camp, and one study estimated the economic impact of Vikings camp on Mancato at $5 million. In case it wasn’t already clear, the owners and the players are far from the only ones who will be affected if they can’t come to an agreement, and do it soon.

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10 Responses to “Vikings set July 18 as drop-dead date for training camp site”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jun 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    December 18 is the probable drop dead date for their playoff hopes. Along with the likelyhood of financial viability and a future in the Twin Cities.

  2. sevensixtwonato says: Jun 15, 2011 12:47 PM

    December 18 is the probable drop dead date for their playoff hopes. Along with the likelyhood of financial viability and a future in the Twin Cities
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    I have seen some of your posts the parts few days….day, night, dosent matter you are right there on Vikings threads posting away….do you not sleep much or do you just loose track of time down there in your Mom’s basement?

  3. thephantomstranger says: Jun 15, 2011 1:09 PM

    I take the family to Mankato every year to watch the Vikings practice and take part in all the other activities they set up for the kids. It’s a lot of fun and I’d hate to miss it this year, especially with all the Christian Ponder electricity that will be permeating the entire event.

  4. dogsweat1 says: Jun 15, 2011 3:04 PM

    This is because the Vikings will train at Oxnard….

  5. vikefan says: Jun 15, 2011 3:29 PM

    yeah, no fankato this year would be a big bummer to my kids & i, we look forward to it every year, guess will save $ & fish instead.

  6. grinderwi says: Jun 15, 2011 4:25 PM

    December 18 is the probable drop dead date for their playoff hopes. Along with the likelyhood of financial viability and a future in the Twin Cities
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    I have seen some of your posts the parts few days….day, night, dosent matter you are right there on Vikings threads posting away….do you not sleep much or do you just loose track of time down there in your Mom’s basement?

    Read the guys user name as it tells it all. He’s a Baker from Hobart, WI and works odd hours per baker custom. Probably dead on with Mom’s basement as his residence. Get a life cheese ball.

  7. goombar2 says: Jun 15, 2011 6:15 PM

    Ha ha ha… 5 million dollars lost? Give me a break!

    This sounds like the guy who gets his ’78 Pinto stolen and tells the insurance agent there was a Picasso in the trunk! Ha ha ha! What a load of crap!

    I doubt 20 people show up to the vikings mini camp, and 10 of ‘em our probably scouts from other teams. This is such a non-story about a non-franchise…

  8. brewdogg says: Jun 16, 2011 1:49 AM

    I didn’t think it was possible for goombar to sound any dumber…..

  9. vikefan says: Jun 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    well, when you constantly comment on issues that you have no knowledge of, that is how it comes out.

    As a very anti viking fan, i highly doubt he has ever made the pilgrimage to fankato for training camp so how would he possibly have any clue as to what goes on and the packed house that MSU can have. Typical Wisconsinite thinking they know it all and Gods gift to football without any knowledge of situation whatsoever. Although if you tell him it is free, he may show up just to bad mouth the entire state. I would luv to see that. He has a great way of putting his foot in his mouth round these parts.

  10. tjrubleysaudible says: Jun 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    thephantomstranger says: Jun 15, 2011 1:09 PM

    I take the family to Mankato every year to watch the Vikings practice and take part in all the other activities they set up for the kids. It’s a lot of fun and I’d hate to miss it this year, especially with all the Christian Ponder electricity that will be permeating the entire event.

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    We were going to take the nephews and nieces and our kid to the Packers’ camp, the kids have those Junior Packer memberships or whatever they’re called. Sucks still not knowing what’s going on, makes it impossible to plan anything.

    I guess we should skip it and spend money going somewhere else.

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