Start digging out your purple and gold!

The 52nd Annual Vikings Training Camp in Mankato is less than a week away.

Ground crews are already busy, preparing to welcome rookie players to MSU July 23 with the rest of the team to follow on July 26th.

Everyone is invited to help welcome the Vikings to town from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Wednesday in front of the Julia Sears building on campus.

Businesses are also encouraged to show their purple and gold pride and enter the Vikings Spirit Contest.

The business that bleeds team colors the proudest will receive a pizza party and Vikings memorabilia.

As for the big question of whether or not the team will be back in Mankato next year, no official announcement has been made.

Visit Mankato Sports Commission Director Chris Willaert said everything we're doing is all about with the idea that they are coming back. We're gonna keep doing what we do and make it a great experience for the fans and make it a great experience for the Vikings.

On average, the city sees an economic impact of $5 million when Minnesota comes to town.

Businesses are already preparing for the high number of people to flock in.

Manager of Jake's Stadium Pizza said our revenue normally increases about 25% over the typical time period there here. So, we are amping up trying to get more employees in the door and get them trained and ready to go.

With a fear of this being the last year, other managers say that without training camp revitalizing the slow business that the summer produces, they will have to rethink how to conduct the time period when school is out.

2018 may be uncertain, but this year should attract another huge crowd.

For the full training camp schedule, you can visit

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