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Study: 2019 training camp raised $ 5.7 million for Eagan
“For 2021, we have plans in place to safely have 3000 (parking spaces) if needed,” said Viking Lakes General Manager Kyle Chank. “As reported last year, with COVID and the events we are not anticipating (in such high numbers).”
Any form of boot camp is good news for businesses in the area such as restaurants, retail stores, and hotels.
Training camp generated an estimated $ 5.7 million in economic activity in Eagan in 2019, according to a University of Minnesota study, when 57,700 fans came to watch the Vikings prepare for the season.
The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Extension collaborated in the investigation.
This will be a welcome boost given that the Verizon Vikings 2020 training camp has been closed to the public.
Fans who come to training camp will have a place to park.
Overflow parking will be available on undeveloped land south of Vikings Parkway and south of the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel.
The initial overflow permit was approved in 2018. The location of the overflow parking lot has changed a bit as the development has grown.
Since the first Viking training camp on campus, the Omni has been built in the east, and the construction of a multi-family residential complex, fitness center and shopping complex in the south has start.
There is a parking ramp on site serving the Twin Cities Orthopedics Medical Office Building, Viking Lakes Sports Medicine Center and Innovation Center and other paved parking spaces to service the development.
Gravel parking is the short-term plan, said MV Ventures development director David Stofer, with the hope that they will have paved overflow parking in the future once the development is built.
The permit is for the next three years.
Stofer said future plans include restaurants, retail, additional multi-family residential buildings, office buildings and another medical office building.
Stauffer said the first phase of residential development is nearing completion and design work for two more buildings is underway.
In the future, there are plans to use on-site paved parking spaces and, if necessary, off-site shuttle services as the development grows.
The aim is to always provide parking as close to the event as possible, he said.
There are no details yet on dates and tickets for the training camp.
According to a report released Tuesday by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the camp start date for all NFL teams is July 27.
In 2019, the training camp schedule included 16 open practices that typically ran from 2 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.
Training camp typically includes night practice at TCO Stadium on the first Saturday in August.
In previous years, fans could book up to four free general admission tickets for up to two days of camp. Subscriptions were able to make reservations earlier than the general public.
Reserved seats were also available for purchase for $ 15 each. Digital parking passes cost $ 10 per day.