The Minnesota Vikings made it official on Thursday: Fans will be back at training camp this summer.
The team announced that 14 practices will be open the spectators starting July 28. Last year, training camp at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vikings executive vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley told the Pioneer Press last month the expectation was to bring 4,000 to 5,000 fans a day to training camp. The team announced Thursday that capacity will be set at 5,000 for regular practices, and that up to 4,000 free general admission tickets will be available to fans for 10 practices.
There will be four practices in which $10 a ticket is charged. The Vikings said that some of the proceeds from those practices will be donated to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation, a charity.
Training camp will get underway with fans being allowed to attend a ramp-up practice on July 28. Other highlights at the TCO Performance Center will include a July 31 night practice, the first padded practice on Aug. 2 and joint practices on Aug. 11-12 with the Denver Broncos, who will play the Vikings in the preseason opener Aug. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The night practice and the scrimmage practices are premier events.
There also will be a scrimmage Aug. 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium, marking the first time the Vikings will have such an event there that is open to fans. That is a premier event and tickets will be $20.
There will be up 7,000 fans allowed at the night practice and up to 20,000 at the U.S. Bank Stadium scrimmage.
Season-ticket holders will receive priority on tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on June 22 while access to the general public will begin at 10 a.m. on June 24. For more information on attending training camp, go to Vikings.com/trainingcamp.
Due to coronavirus protocols, there will be no autographs available for fans at training camp.
The Vikings are expecting to have a full stadium for preseason and home games this season at U.S. Bank Stadium. Information on that will be released later.