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Mankato Sports Commission

The Mankato Sports Commission is working hard to seek out new opportunities to bring tournaments and sporting events to greater Mankato and is offering services to facilitate a hassle-free event for you and your team.

March Sports Commission Recap

“Battle of the Paddle” Indoor Pickleball Tournament

The “Battle of the Paddle” Indoor Pickleball Tournament was held at the Mankato Family YMCA on Saturday, April 13th. The tournament began with an un-officiated round robin with the top teams advancing to bracket play. Participants of all ages and levels were encouraged to compete in the tournament. Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you for participating in this year’s “Battle of the Paddle” Indoor Pickleball Tournament!

Gameday Mankato Competition

The Gameday Mankato Competition was held at the Verizon Center on April 27th-28th. GameDay Competitions was found in 2014 after the organization saw a need to host arena style competitions within various communities to meet the needs of CrossFit athletes. These competitions are hosted in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois with the hope of expanding to other locations. If you are interested in participating, you can find the next Gameday Competition in Villa Park, IL on September 21st- 22nd.

Upcoming Events

Some upcoming events for May include the Mankato Peppers May Madness Softball Tournament.

Contact The Commissioner!

Joy Leafblad

Joy Leafblad

Sports Commission Director

Phone: 507-385-6663

Did you know? The Minnesota Vikings held training camp in Mankato from 1966-2017

Visit Mankato Named a SportsEvents Magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Winner!

SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Visit Mankato has been recognized as a 2018 Readers' Choice Award winner. For more information about Visit Mankato's honor, click here.

Read the January 2018 magazine here.


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The Mankato Sports Commission is a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions