Training Camp Guide

Your guide to Vikings training camp for 2004, with directions, weather information, practice dates and times and more.

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2004 Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Dates/Times
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NFL Training Camp Dates/Locations
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NFL Preseason Schedule
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New For 2004: Vikings Village
The Greater Mankato Area Chamber of Commerce and the Vikings are introducing new features to training camp for 2004 and combining many of the activities into the "Vikings Village."

The Village will usually be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and most areas are free. It features an air-conditioned merchandise tent with hundreds of items, an autograph zone suited for Minnesota celebrities, interactive games for kids and adults ($5 for the day), an entertainment stage featuring radio stations, live music and contests, and a food court similar to the Minnesota State Fair atmosphere.

Turn-By-Turn Directions
Directions to Minnesota State-Mankato

Minnesota State-Mankato and Mankato Area

Mankato Info
Convention and Visitors/Chamber

Current Mankato Weather

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Admission is free to Minnesota Vikings regular practices in Mankato. Bleachers are set up around the practice fields for fans.

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Training Camp Tips and Hints

  • Occasionally the bleachers will fill up so it's not a bad idea to bring along a lawn chair or blanket.

  • Players begin to file onto the field 30 to 45 minutes before the start of practice but will not sign autographs until the sessions ends.

  • There is a lot to do while you are waiting for the next practice to start each day. Mankato has a large shopping mall and two large theaters.

  • In the evenings you are liable to see some players at the restaurants and clubs downtown or across the street from the practice fields.

  • Directions from Minneapolis to Mankato. Minnesota State-Mankato is 90 miles south of the Twin Cities. Take Highway 169 south to the Riverfront Drive exit. Make a left at the light. Take Riverfront Drive to Stoltzman and make a right. Take Stoltzman for two miles to Stadium Road. Make a left on Stadium Road and it will lead to the practice fields.

Remember to always say thank you when players take the time for an autograph and or picture.


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