Jul 15, 2012

Complete Guide to the Vikings Training Camp

Want autographs from your favorite Vikings players? Want to watch a practice? DLV is going to help you with that! We've made a complete guide to the Vikings training camp. You'll be surprised at how much is there is to do.


*Admission is free to Minnesota Vikings regular practices in Mankato. Bleachers are set up around the practice fields for fans. See more info at very bottom of this guide*

Thursday, July 26th, 2012: 

-Players will report to camp
-No practice
-No autographs

Friday, July 27th, 2012:
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 3:00-5:30PM
-No autographs

Saturday, July 28th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-No autographs

Sunday, July 29th, 2012:
-Camp closed
-No practice
-No autographs

Monday, July 30th, 2012:
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Tight ends will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Offensive line will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012:
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Linebackers will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012:
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Wide receivers will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Friday, August 3rd, 2012: 
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Defensive ends will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Saturday, August 4th, 2012:
-Morning practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-The Gatorade Jr. Training Camp for boys and girls of all ages will be 2:30-3:30PM. Each child must submit a completed registration form with a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the event. The registration form is available online at vikings.com or may be picked up at the Training Camp Event Information Booth. Completed forms should be submitted upon check-in on the day of the event. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the clinic at the north entrance to Blakeslee Stadium across from the Autograph Zone. Parents are reminded to pick their children up at the conclusion of the clinic.
-The youth cheerleading clinic will be 4:00-5:00PM
-Afternoon practice will be 7:00-9:30PM
-Alumni will be taking autographs at 5:30PM
-Players and coaches will introduce themselves to fans at 9:30PM immediately after the evening practice. Lucky fans may be able to catch an autographed mini-football from a member of the 2012 Vikings!
-Fireworks will show at 9:45PM following the Team Introduction.

There's so much more! Keep reading.

Sunday, August 5th, 2012:
-Camp closed
-No practice
-No autographs

Monday, August 6th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Quarterbacks will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Defensive tackles will be taking autographs at 11:30AM
-The Gatorade Jr. Training Camp for boys and girls of all ages will be 1:00-2:00PM. Each child must submit a completed registration form with a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the event. The registration form is available online at vikings.com or may be picked up at the Training Camp Event Information Booth. Completed forms should be submitted upon check-in on the day of the event. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the clinic at the north entrance to Blakeslee Stadium across from the Autograph Zone. Parents are reminded to pick their children up at the conclusion of the clinic.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Running backs will be taking autographs. The Vikings will implement a ticket system for the running back Adrian Peterson.  The first 2,000 fans through the gates of Verizon Vikings Training Camp will receive a scratch-off ticket.  150 of these tickets will be marked with Adrian’s name.  Only fans with one of these 150 tickets will be allowed to enter the line for Adrian’s autograph.  All other fans will still have the opportunity to go through the lines of the additional players that day.


Thursday, August 9th, 2012:
-Camp closed
-No Practice
-No autographs

Friday, August 10th, 2012: 
-Camp closed
-Preseason game 
-8 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers

Saturday, August 11th, 2012: 
-Camp closed
-No Practice
-No autographs

Sunday, August 12th, 2012
-Morning Practice will be 10:55-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Specialist will be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Monday, August 13th, 2012
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Defensive backs be taking autographs at 11:30AM

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-Fan appreciation will be 10:00-1:00PM. Win great prizes, register to win autographed Vikings merchandise.
-The entire team will be taking autographs at 11:30AM


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012:
-Morning Practice will be 10:30-11:30AM
-Afternoon practice will be 2:45-5:30PM
-No autographs



Extra stuff you need to know!
-Admission is free to Minnesota Vikings regular practices in Mankato. Bleachers are set up around the practice fields for fans.


-Minnesota Vikings player autograph sessions will be open to the public for 25 minutes following the designated practices during Camp.  Autograph sessions will take place in the Northland Ford Dealers Autograph Zone located at the north end of Vikings Village.  Autographs will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In order to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to secure an autograph, there will be a limit of one (1) item per person and no personal photographs will be allowed.


- The Vikings Welcome Tent features Vikings merchandise - including jerseys, t-shirts, hats and lots of items that can be used in the Northland Ford Dealers Autograph Zone.

-The Hy-Vee Food Court will have food including hot dogs, Angie’s Kettle Corn, pizza, Caribou Coffee products, and many others. 

If you have any further questions, you can email Daily Leisure Viking at ColeH@DailyLeisureVikings.com, or you can go to the Vikings themselves.

Minnesota Vikings | (952) 828-6500 | vikings.com
Minnesota State University, Mankato | (800) 722-0544
Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce | (800) 697-0652 | greatermankato.com
Local Weather | (507) 625-1012


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