Fifty years of training camp in Mankato isn't quite enough for the Minnesota Vikings.
On Wednesday, the team announced a three-year contract extension with Minnesota State University, Mankato, that will keep Vikings training camp in the southern Minnesota city through 2018.
“We’re very happy to announce a three-year extension to host the Minnesota Vikings training camp,” said Dr. Richard Davenport, president of the university, according to KTOE. “It’s been wonderful to celebrate 50 years of Vikings training camp on our campus this summer, and we look forward to the Vikings being here during the University’s 150th year anniversary celebration.”
According to the Mankato Free Press, the Vikings paid MSU $92,045 this year and the new contract features a similar agreement going forward.
“Vikings training camp is a great tradition for the team and our fans, and we look forward to this continued partnership with both the university and the City of Mankato," Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said.
Green Bay has held camp at St. Norbert's College in De Pere, Wisconsin, for 58 consecutive years; it is the only team in the league to have held training camp in the same location longer than Minnesota has in Mankato.