Vikings hopeful camp will go off in Mankato

Count the Minnesota Vikings as one of the clubs that is optimistic a labor deal will get done.

The Vikings have until July 18 to officially announce whether or not they plan to hold training camp at Minnesota State University-Mankato. They’re hoping to be there at the end of July to open training camp, something that is wholly contingent on a timely labor deal being struck.

“The Minnesota Vikings continue preparations for hosting the team's 2011 training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” the team said in a release. “In respect to the University and the Mankato community, we have informed school officials that July 18 is the latest date to officially determine whether having training camp at Minnesota State University this year is feasible. The Vikings will maintain contact with University officials moving forward, and we remain hopeful we will practice in front of thousands of Vikings fans in Mankato later this summer.”

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