MANKATO , MINN. -
A big announcement Tuesday morning: The Minnesota Vikings will hold training camp in Mankato for at least the next three years.
For the 48th year in a row, The Vikings will be making their way to Mankato Thursday.
Each summer, training camp attracts thousands of visitors to Mankato and city officials estimate it generates $5 million for the local economy. Now city officials and local fans can rest easy. Knowing that Mankato will host the Vikings at least until 2015.
The parade of purple and gold is just days away. The Vikings will be in town preparing for franchise's 53rd season in the NFL.
Event and marketing crews arrived last week, Tuesday they were busy posting banners, setting up tents while others were setting up the bleachers.
Vikings Event and Marketing Coordinator, C.J Rugh says, "Every year is a new challenge. Seems like there's a little tweaks here and ther, but for the most part we know how it's going to go. We know MSU keeps everything in great shape. So it' really nice to come in and do what we need to do."
With MSU Mankato preparing to celebrate the University's 150th year in 2017, the three-year contract will ensure another milestone: hosting the Vikings for 50 years in a row.
Rugh says, "MSU is great they provide the grounds for us they provide support for us. We just work with on lot closures and street closures. We get some equipment from them and manpower from them. It's a partnership that has worked really really well the last couple of years.'
A Mankato tradition where fans can enjoy an exciting preview to the Vikings season.
This year's training camp is set to start this Thursday with move-in day, practice will begin the following day on Friday. With Gage Towers gone, the Vikings will stay in the Julia Sears Residence Community building, which opened in 2008.