With the scheduled start of training camp inching closer, NFL teams are making alternative plans in case the lockout doesn't allow them to train at their usual summer locations. On Wednesday, the Vikings released a statement saying they hope to have camp at Minnesota State University, but set a deadline for that decision to be made.
The statement read:
"The Minnesota Vikings continue preparations for hosting the team's 2011 training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 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."