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MANKATO, Minn.—The Mankato Sports Commission announces the Minnesota Senior Games will return to Mankato Aug. 16-19, 2018. In addition, Mankato was awarded the event for 2021/2022 and 2025/2026 based on a long-term agreement recently reached with the Senior Games. 

“I’m very excited to have this agreement and I know that the games will be held in a professional way for years to come. By forming this alliance, I’m confident that the games will continue to improve and grow,” said Fritz Bukowski, Minnesota Senior Games coordinator. 

“With the Minnesota Vikings no longer hosting Training Camp in Mankato in August, this is just one example of an event that can help to replace the economic impact felt by Training Camp,” said Anna Thill, president of Visit Mankato.

Mankato will host an estimated 800 athletes for the nationally-qualifying Minnesota Senior Games in 2018, with medaling competitors advancing to the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The estimated economic impact of the 2018 Minnesota Senior Games is $500,000. As this event continues to grow, so will the economic impact and opportunities for the community.

“The Mankato Sports Commission has worked hard to identify events that are a great fit for our community and this is one of those. The 2017 Games in Mankato were a huge success, and this agreement, and the confidence that Fritz and the Minnesota Senior Games has in us, is a testament to that,” said Chris Willaert, Mankato Sports Commission director. “We are continuing to look for events to grow our sports-related economy, especially now with the exit of Vikings Training Camp and are currently in similar discussions with other organizations.”

For more information about the Minnesota Senior Games, visit mnseniorgames.com

For more information about the Minnesota Senior Games, visit mnseniorgames.com. the Mankato Sports Commission:
The Mankato Sports Commission, an initiative of Visit Mankato, has a mission to drive the sporting economy in Greater Mankato by providing leadership, guidance and expertise that enables the attraction, support and/or administration of sporting events and tournaments to the area. Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which also includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth, and downtown development organization, City Center Partnership. Visit Mankato leads the development of the visitor economy in Greater Mankato by actively promoting Greater Mankato as a premier destination for conventions, tournaments and tourism. These activities bring a steady flow of visitors and business activity to Greater Mankato that benefit local residents and future visitors. The work of the Sports Commission and Visit Mankato helps strengthen the hospitality industry which provides jobs, a diverse tax base and amenities for everyone to enjoy.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership