Vikings Arrive In Mankato 25 Jul 13

Officials in Mankato are rolling out the “purple” welcome mat this (THU) afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings begin arriving for training camp. Visit Mankato’s Ann Thill says they have four tailgate party zones along the route that they know the Vikings typically take to campus  She says a few hundred people will be out cheering so the Vikes know Mankato really loves to have them around. Thill says the three-week training camp brings more than 50,000 Vikings fans to Mankato, and has about a $5-million economic impact on the area.