Vikings-Chiefs Joint Practices Set

The Vikings and Chiefs will renew their joint practices during training camp this summer. Those practice dates are the first pieces of a training camp schedule that has yet to be finalized.

Portions of the Minnesota Vikings' training camp schedule are beginning to emerge, but the team isn't prepared to release the full schedule just yet.

However, the Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs will scrimmage again this year, once at the Vikings' training complex at Minnesota State, Mankato and once at the Chiefs' training facility at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

"It's kind of a unique home-and-home situation," said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings' vice president of sales and marketing.

The Chiefs will visit Mankato on Friday, Aug. 3 for a practice with the Vikings at 6:30 p.m., and the Vikings will travel to River Falls on Saturday, Aug. 4 for a 7 p.m. joint practice with the Chiefs.

The Vikings' opening practice date in Mankato isn't confirmed yet, but teams are allowed to report to camp 15 days before their first preseason game. The Vikings open the preseason by hosting the St. Louis Rams on Friday, Aug. 10, so they will likely open camp sometime near the end of the last full week in July. The Chiefs' first day of practice is July 27, one week before they arrive in Mankato.

Last year, the Vikings didn't release the full training camp schedule until the beginning of June. This year, much of the format for training camp will be the same with scheduled autograph times for players, but there are more night practices expected.

Training camp will be the first opportunity for the public to view first-round draft pick Adrian Peterson in person in a Vikings uniform.

NOTE

  • LaCroix said orders for Peterson jerseys have now been filled at retail locations, including the Vikings Locker Room stores. Sales have done well online as well, LaCroix said. "The first pick usually has some cache," LaCroix said of the team's No. 7 overall selection.


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