Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/23/13
The Minnesota Vikings will get to spend a 50th anniversary in Mankato, Minn. -- for training camp that is.The Vikings and Minnesota State University agreed to three more years for hosting the team's training camp on the campus. With the agreement running through the 2015 season, it will mark 50 years for the Vikings holding training camp in Mankato.This season, the Vikings are slated for their 48th season in Mankato, with the team scheduled to report on Thursday and the first practices beginning on Friday. The team will practice at the school until Aug. 14 before moving preseason practices to the team's facilities in Eden Prairie."We are very happy to announce that the Vikings will continue to hold training camp on the Minnesota State Mankato campus for the 48th, 49th and 50th times over the next three summers," Minnesota State president Richard Davenport said in a release by the team. "Vikings training camp in Mankato is a Minnesota tradition, and we invite Vikings fans everywhere to come with their families to our campus and community and enjoy this wonderful and exciting preview to the Vikings season."The Vikings utilize Minnesota State's facilities for training camp practices, which are open to the public, including the school's football stadium, Blakeslee Stadium, and indoor track facilities, Myers Field House, during inclement weather."Being in front of our fans for training camp is a storied team tradition," Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said in the release. "We appreciate Minnesota State University, Mankato and the City of Mankato for continuing to welcome the team and Vikings fans, and we look forward to reaching 50 years in Mankato."While on campus, the Vikings will have new lodging, residing in the Julia Sears Residence Community building, which opened in 2008. The team stayed in Sears hall once previously but have primarily resided in the Gage Residence Community complex in past. The Vikings were the last residents of the Gage complex, which closed after the team's 2012 training camp and was demolished last month on June 29. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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