As the Vikings get set to open their first training camp at their new headquarters in Eagan this week, their old summer home is adjusting to life without the team.

Visit Mankato president Anna Thill says the difference is noticeable and, “Community-wide there’s a different visual because we don’t have Vikings banners up and all of the other visuals that come with welcoming the team to town. There is a different vibe than there has been for the 52 years prior to that.”

Thill says southern Minnesota is certainly still Vikings Country and they wish the team all the best. “We absolutely don’t hold any grudge. We’re proud of the Vikings, they had an outstanding year last year and we’re happy to say that a lot of that training happened in Mankato. We hope to see that continue even if it’s in Eagan we hope to see that move forward.”

Local officials are still confident in the many attractions in the Greater Mankato Area, including a tremendous system of trails for hiking and biking, and Thill says this year they’re hosting the Minnesota Senior Games. She added, “It wouldn’t have happened at this time of year if the Vikings were in town. So we’re trying to plug in the holes. Surely that will continue to build in the next couple of years and go forward.”