July 18, 2018 01:12 PM
Team representatives for the Minnesota Vikings say those attending training camp can expect a "tremendous fan experience," but also stress that this first year in a new facility will be a learning experience.
The 2018 Vikings Training Camp will be the first at the still-in-progress Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center after 52 years in Mankato
Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said fans planning on attending Training Camp should know three things: Reserve your tickets, plan ahead and expect a great experience.
Five thousand fans will be allowed at training camp each day - 4,000 general admission spots will be available, along with 1,000 reserved spots. All tickets need to be reserved online ahead of the day. The Vikings said there will be no day-of, on-site ticket purchases.
General admission tickets are free, while reserved spots will cost fans $20, with one exception: reserved tickets for the joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars will cost $25.
Season ticket holders will get the first shot at training camp tickets starting Thursday. The general public can purchase tickets starting next Monday. The Vikings said 1,300 tickets will be held for the general public for each day of camp.
Fans are limited to reserving four tickets in two days.
Just like the recently announced change for home game tickets, all training camp tickets will be digital and can be reserved through the Vikings website.
As for parking, that will also require planning in advance, According to the team, 2,200 parking spaces will be available on-site. A parking pass must be reserved in advance and will cost fans $10.
There will be assigned locations for ride-share services and drop-offs.
Fans should expect to go through security measures like magnetometers, but bag restrictions like at U.S. Bank Stadium will not be in place at camp. Executive Director of Communications Jeff Anderson said all types of bags will be allowed in after a thorough search.
"All hands on deck because this is really our first round we want to make sure we succeed in year one," Anderson said. "This site offers so many things for fans, Just proximity to the cities obviously."
Watching practice won't be the only thing for fans to do at training camp. Concession stands and food trucks will be on-site and a kids zone will provide entertainment for young fans.
Just like in Mankato, players will sign autographs for fans following practices.
Though the Vikings seem to have their first year at the new facility all planned out, Anderson said "there will be hiccups."
"We will be learning," Warren said. "This is the first time we're coming here after 52 years."
"We're coming to this with clean hearts and clean hands. We want this to be an incredible experience."
Key dates for the 2018 Minnesota Vikings Training Camp are listed below.
Updated: July 18, 2018 01:12 PM
Created: June 19, 2018 11:45 AM
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