For football fans, a preview
Watching is free and festive at training camps for Vikings, Packers and Bears.
At the Packers' camp, kids bring bikes for players to ride to practice.
It's that time of year again.
If you're wondering how the
Vikings, Packers or Bears will do this year, you can get a preview by
watching the players gear up for the season at training camps.
Make a day of it, because all of the camps offer festivities, games of skill, giveaways, autograph sessions for kids and even fireworks. Admission is free.
Here are the highlights in 2017.
Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.: The Packers, whose camp Sports Illustrated calls one of the best and most fan-friendly (kids bring bikes that players ride, often toting the kids, to the field), practice across from Lambeau Field July 27-29 and 31 and Aug. 1, 3-4, 7-8, 15-16, 22-23 and 29.
Fans also can follow the new Packer Heritage Trail and visit Heritage Plaza.
For more about visiting Green Bay, see Packer country.
Special events include Football and Fireworks, Aug. 5. In the evening, players and coaches will introduce themselves and fans will have a chance to catch an autographed mini-football. The team introduction will be followed by fireworks.
Free youth training camps are Aug. 2 and 5.
Aug. 8 is Fan Appreciation Day, with prizes for fans and the entire team
available for autographs. On other days, only
certain squads are available in the Autograph Zone.
Viking Village, fans can buy team souvenirs, food and beer.
MSU's Blakeslee Stadium and fan parking is on the south edge of town at Warren Street and Stadium Road.
For more about visiting Mankato, see Mankato meander.
Chicago Bears in Bourbonnais, Ill.:
The Bears will hold practices on the campus of Olivet Navarene
University, about an hour south of Chicago, July 27-Aug. 13.
At Family Fest, Aug. 5, they'll practice at Soldier Field in Chicago. There will be games, music, giveaways and a fireworks show after practice.
special events include Kids Day/Run With Staley, Aug. 12; Vamos Bears Dia, July 29; Ladies Day, Aug. 2; Bears Blue & Orange Friday, Aug. 13; Armed Forces Day, Aug. 7; and Youth Football Day, July 30.
Kids can play games in the Kids Zone and visit the mascot at Staley's Corner. On many days, they can get a pass for autograph sessions.
Last updated on August 5, 2017