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Vikings are coming: Last-minute camp touches

Crews are putting finishing touches on facilities, preparing for the Vikings.

By Annie Stensrud, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, KEYC-TV [broadcast on KEYC-TV, North Mankato, MN, 7/28/2011]

In just a few days, Mankato will be filled with professional football players and fans.

The Vikings start training camp at Minnesota State Mankato this weekend.

If you've been on campus in the past couple of weeks, no doubt you've noticed a lot of work going on, getting ready for Vikings training camp that starts in just four days.

It's quite a process from getting the field ready to getting Gage Hall set for the players to move into their temporary homes.

200 air conditioners were installed, and they're moving beds and TVs in place.

"The grounds crew has been working all summer long to make sure the grounds are in tip–top shape, so we're ready to go for the Vikings as well as our own teams," says Minnesota State Mankato physical plant director Michael Lexvold.

Crews also put down the matting in the field house for Vikings' weight training equipment. And fencing for crowd control.

Rather than put off most of the work waiting to hear if there would be camp, it was business as usual for the crews.

"We pushed on as if they were coming, knowing if we didn't we would be scrambling this week, so most of the work took place starting early last week, so we started getting ready even a week before we knew the lockout was going to end," said Lexvold.

That way there wouldn't be a last minute scramble to get everything done.

"Some things that we could hold off on we did just to avoid extra work if we didn't have camp," said Lexvold.

So now in the last few days as the crews finish up, Minnesota State Mankato will be ready when the Vikings come to town.

There's a lot of work that goes into getting ready for camp... last year they put in 460 man hours getting everything set up.

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