Vikings Training Camp attendance hits 69,000 this year

by Wendy Wilde KTOE Radio Mankato News
The final day of Training Camp at Minnesota State University Mankato was just like the opening day.  Packed.
The Vikings say attendance has continued high even after the break for preseason games.
Jeff Anderson, Vikings Corporate Communications Director says preliminary figures show attendance at 69-thousand this year.
This has been a longer, three week training camp this year, but daily numbers have been higher than usual from day one.
It started on day one and never let up.
Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder had a good time at camp this year.
"It's always good to do this fan appreciation and sign some autographs.  They' ve been great.  
The whole city of Mankato, Minnesota State the facilities here are awesome.   Top notch for us.  We love being down here, and the fans being down here, support every day rain or shine, they're pretty awesome."  Said Ponder.
Coach Leslie Frazier says the weather was great, and he had high praise for MSU.
"Just very thankful for the fans, as well as Minnesota State University. They have been so accomodating.  We spent a lot of years at Gage and this is our 48th year here.  We found ourselves in a new situation and they did a terrific job by having everythign laid out for us.
We're very thankful and grateful for the hospitality we've been shown for our players and our entire organization.  It's been good.  Very,  very good." Said Frazier.
The preliminary fan attendance at Vikings Training Camp this year, pegged at 69,000, compares to 52,000 last year.   Anna Thill from Visit Mankato says last year's camp had about a $5 million  economic impact  on the region.
We hear that most of the Vikings stayed overnight and are heading back to the Twin Cities this morning.
Ponder and Frazier were interviewed by Barry Wortel for KTOE.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder signing autographs in the shade of a tree at Training Camp.  Photo by Wendy Wilde

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