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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.

The Mankato Sports Commission is proud to host its inaugural Regional Awards Banquet on Monday, September 23, 2019, to recognize outstanding individuals, teams, organizations and volunteers in the local sport & recreation community.
More information here.


January Sports Commission Recap

The 11th annual Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic was held at Spring Lake Park in lower North Mankato on January 25th-27th. It featured 25 adult hockey teams, 44 youth hockey teams, and an annual East-West Alumni Game. The tournament is dedicated to raising funds for childhood Leukemia after 9-year old, Anthony Ford, passed away after an 18-month battle. Anthony had dreams of playing in the NHL so this tournament is held in his honor to help celebrate his love for hockey. 

The Mankato Sports Commission is excited to announce that the Australian softball team will be relocating to North Mankato for the 2019 season as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team will be competing in their second season in the National Pro Fastpitch league and are partnering with the Mankato Peppers organization for the summer. Games will be played at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

Some upcoming events for February include: Mankato Men's Spiel and various Attack Volleyball Tournaments.

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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