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Home of the Mavericks
Minnesota State's spacious Blakeslee Stadium, with a capacity of 7,000, is a great place to play football - just ask the Minnesota Vikings. MSU serves as the summer home of the Vikes and the NFL squad gives the natural grass field a real work out twice each day during their preseason camp. The Mavericks share the field with the Vikings for three weeks, and the stadium field is maintained in that same professional condition throughout the college season.
The home of the Mavericks since 1962, Blakeslee Stadium is named for C.P. Blakeslee, who served as coach, athletic director, and professor in Health and Physical Education from 1924 until 1961. A Pennsylvania native, Blakeslee coached football at Mankato, Fort Dodge (Iowa), and Minneapolis Edison High Schools before coming to the then-Mankato State Teachers College. During his 37 years at MSU, Blakeslee played an integral role in the growth of the athletics program. Blakeslee coached many sports at MSU when he first arrived and his hoop squads posted a 117-81 mark from 1923 to 1939, racking up four conference championships along the way. As MSU's football coach, "Blake" built a 38-27 record in nine years.
Besides MSU football and Vikings preseason camp, Blakeslee Stadium is the site of several functions, including the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July, Thunder of Drums and other sports events.
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This picture was taken on September 18, 1999