In St. Paul, Jeremy Fowler reports the Vikings have notified annual training camp host Minnesota State Univ. in Mankato of their “July 18 cutoff date for holding camp at the school's facilities.” If the NFL lockout “pushes beyond that date, the Vikings might be forced to schedule an impromptu camp at the team's Winter Park facility.” The Vikings are “tentatively scheduled to report to camp July 31.” Coach Leslie Frazier said that the team has “prepared for housing players and holding team meetings should camp take place in Eden Prairie” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/15).
CAMPING OPTIONS: A Rams spokesperson Friday said that “as the lockout drags on, the chances increase that camp will wind up at the Rams' facility in Earth City for the third year in a row and the sixth of the last seven seasons.” In St. Louis, Bill Coats noted the team “had considered Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale” as training camp site options. Coats: “Time is growing short for the club to make a commitment to one of those schools, and without a labor agreement in place, the league schedule is up in the air” (STLTODAY.com, 6/10).
SUMMER MOVE: Oklahoma City officials yesterday said that the Thunder's new practice facility is “under budget and should be ready for the team to move in by August.” The DAILY OKLAHOMAN's Michael Kimball notes the facility is “about a year behind” schedule. It was “originally slated for completion last August.” Oklahoma City Public Works Department Project Dir Wayne Courville said that “work on the exterior of the practice facility is expected to continue after the team moves in.” Meanwhile, Kimball noted “renovation and improvement work on Oklahoma City Arena, including a new entrance on the arena's southwest side, new restaurants and team offices, should be completed by May” (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 6/15).
WORKING ON THE DOCKS: In DC, Mark Giannotto notes the World TeamTennis Washington Kastles yesterday held a “ribbon-cutting to inaugurate” their new home on the Southwest waterfront. After “three years at a temporary facility erected each June on the former site of the city’s convention center, the franchise believes the latest version of Kastles Stadium will be a significant upgrade.” The new stadium “offers views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, and will have a capacity of 2,700 for tennis matches.” It could “seat up to 4,000 for concerts and other events once the Kastles season ends.” And “since it’s just steps from the water, this will be the first tennis facility in the United States to allow limited boat parking” (WASHINGTON POST, 6/15).