The lockout may force the Vikings to move their training camp out of Mankato, costing the area around $5 million in lost revenue. The team is of course hoping this doesn’t happen – helping ruin a lot of business proprietors’ summers is not a great way to get voters on your side in the middle of a stadium negotiation – and say they will wait until July 18 to make the final determination.
In a statement, the Vikings called July 18 “the latest date to officially determine whether having training camp at Minnesota State University this year is feasible.” Recent signs have pointed to the possibility that the lockout might in fact be over well before July 18, but I don’t need to tell you how signs can sometimes wind up not being worth a crap.
Obviously the Mankato people are pulling hard for the lockout to be resolved. As are all football fans. And all people who depend on the revenue generated by football for their livelihood.
Get it done people!