Mankato Dealing With Loss of Vikings Training Camp

July 25, 2018 07:47 PM

For the first time in more than 50 years, the Minnesota Vikings training camp isn't being held in Mankato.

The streets and football stadium at Minnesota State University Mankato were quiet Wednesday.


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Restaurants like Jake's Stadium Pizza are also feeling the loss of Vikings fans. 

"We're going to take a hit in business," owner Wally Boyer said. "Vikings have been coming here for all these years and now they're not here and it's a loss." 

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Visit Mankato says the training camp brought $5 million into the local economy. 


"It's just kind of a bummer that you lose this kind of opportunity through the community," Anna Thill with Visit Mankato said. "The legacy the Vikings brought was it put Mankato on the map. What it did was bring hundreds of thousands of people through this community that will hopefully continue to come back because they fell in love with this community."

RELATED: Vikings to Start 1st Training Camp at New Facility

After the loss of the training camp, the city of Mankato is working new events to the community.



Joe Mazan

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