ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
The Vikings this morning finally announced the obvious and inevitable: they plan to move training camp to their new Eagan facility in 2018.
Last year, the Vikings were one of a dozen NFL teams to hold training camp away from their facility. But with the TCO Performance Center on track to be completed next March, it was only a matter of time until the team officially shared that 2017 would be their last trip to Mankato.
From a logistical standpoint, staying home for training camp makes a ton of sense for the organization, which is why we have seen so many other teams make similar summer relocations over the past decade or so.
For the past 52 years, the Vikings have packed up most of their football operation — including things such as player gear, workout machines and medical equipment — and hauled it all down I-169 to Minnesota State University in Mankato. Not only is that a hassle, it also is not cheap.
“There are many hours, days of logistics — we have people down in Mankato right now — that go into the preparation of training camp, that go into the operation of training camp and go into the breakdown of training camp,” Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said today.
Next year, the Vikings should have everything they need, including more practice fields and a bunch of upgraded technology in house, in Eagan, which Warren said “gives them the best opportunity for success.”
What they will not have, though, is nostalgia of their stays in Mankato.
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