Eagles Training Camp Tickets Available Today

Tickets to the five training camp practices at Lincoln Financial Field this summer will be made available starting at 2 pm today. You can get the free  tickets  by going to PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per practice.

Dates that the Eagles will be practicing at the Linc:

Sunday, July 28 (Alumni Day)

Monday, August 5  (Military Appreciation Day)

Sunday, August 11 (Bobblehead Giveaways)

Saturday, August 17  (Health and Safety Day)

Monday, August 26

All parking will be free. Lots open at 9:30 am. The HeadHouse Plaza will open at 10:30 am and the interior gates will open at 11:30 am. All fans should enter the stadium through the Northeast and Xfinity gates only. Concessions will be available inside the stadium but no alcoholic beverages will be sold. If practice is forced to move away from Lincoln Financial Field because of weather, the Eagles will announce the change no later than 9 am. Because of scheduling conflicts, there will be no re-scheduling of training camp practices at the Linc.

The new rules regarding the types of bags you can bring with you into the stadium will be in effect for these practices. The Eagles will be sending out complimentary bags that fit the criteria to season ticket holders the week of July 22.

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Some More Training Camp Details

What will training camp at Lincoln Financial Field look like? The Eagles provided some details Thursday.

Each of the five practices are expected to start at 12:30 (time on August 17  may change to 8:15 am if Phillies game gets flexed).  Beginning at 10:30 am in the HeadHouse Plaza, there will be music, face-painting artists, appearances from SWOOP, and Eagles Cheerleader entertainment.

After each practice, all fans ages 14-and-under will have the opportunity to catch a pass on the field from Eagles alumni. Also, every fan entering Lincoln Financial Field will receive a scratch-off ticket. Those who receive “winning” tickets will have a chance to get player autographs after practice.

“Our goal is to have a fun atmosphere for fans as they get an up-close look at the team,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski.

Here is a look at the training camp schedule:

Sunday, July 28 – Alumni Day

The Eagles will recognize alumni players on the field prior to practice. In addition, some of the many honored players will begin signing autographs for fans in the HeadHouse Plaza at 10:30 am.

Monday, August 5 – Military Appreciation Day

The Eagles will honor members from all four branches of the military on the field prior to practice.

Sunday, August 11 – Bobblehead Giveaways

The first 10,000 kids entering Lincoln Financial Field, ages 12-and-under, will receive a LeSean McCoy mini-bobblehead doll.

Saturday, August 17 – Health and Safety Day

The Eagles will honor members of the Philadelphia Police Force, Fire Department and First Responders.

Monday, August 26

 – Tickets to these practices are free and will be available beginning June 18 at 2 p.m. Fans can obtain tickets by visiting PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Seating will be general admission by section, with an 8-ticket limit per practice.

– A Training Camp Hotline has been set up at 215-320-5160 and you can visit philadelphiaeagles.com/news/training-camp.html for updates on practice and other events.

– All parking will be free. Lots open at 9:30 am.

– The HeadHouse Plaza will open at 10:30 am and the interior gates will open at 11:30 am. All fans should enter the stadium through the Northeast and Xfinity gates only.

– Concessions will be available inside the stadium but no alcoholic beverages will be sold.

– If practice is forced to move away from Lincoln Financial Field because of weather, the Eagles will announce the change no later than 9 am. Because of scheduling conflicts, there will be no re-scheduling of training camp practices at the Linc.

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Eagles Announce Training Camp Schedule

The Eagles announced their training camp schedule today.

You can find it in its entirety below, but a couple notes:

* The Eagles will hold five practices at the Linc, which will be open to the public: July 28, Aug. 5, Aug. 11, Aug. 17 and Aug. 26. Tickets (which are free) to those sessions will be made available on Tuesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. on the team’s Web site or by calling Ticketmaster. Seating will be general admission by section. There will be an 8-ticket limit per person.

* Parking to these practices will also be free, and the lots will open at 9:30 a.m. each day. Concessions inside will be open, but alcoholic beverages will not be sold.

* The Eagles are holding two joint practices with the New England Patriots on Aug. 6 and 7 at the NovaCare Complex (closed to the public). The two teams face each other at the Linc on Aug. 9.

Monday, July 22
 
Rookies report
 
Tuesday, July 2312:30Rookies practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, July 2412:30Rookies practiceNovaCare
Thursday, July 25Full team reports
Friday, July 2612:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, July 2712:30Full practiceNovaCare
Sunday, July 2812:30Full practiceThe Linc
Monday, July 2912:30Full practiceNovaCare
Tuesday, July 30Day off
Wednesday, July 3112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, Aug. 3Day off
Sunday, Aug. 412:30Full practiceNovaCare
Monday, Aug. 512:30Full practiceThe Linc
Tuesday, Aug. 612:30Full practice with the PatriotsNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 712:30Full practice with the PatriotsNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 97:30Preseason game vs. PatriotsThe Linc
Saturday, Aug. 10Day off
Sunday, Aug. 1112:30Full practiceThe Linc
Monday, Aug. 1212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Tuesday, Aug. 1312:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 1412:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 157:30Preseason game vs. PanthersThe Linc
Friday, Aug. 16Day off.
Saturday, Aug. 1712:30Full practiceThe Linc
Sunday, Aug. 1812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Monday, Aug. 19Day off
Tuesday, Aug. 2012:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 2112:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 2212:30Full practiceNovaCare
Friday, Aug. 2312:30Full practiceNovaCare
Saturday, Aug. 247:30Preseason game at JagsEverBank Field
Sunday, Aug. 25Day off
Monday, Aug. 2612:30Full practiceThe Linc
Tuesday, Aug. 2712:30Full practiceNovaCare
Wednesday, Aug. 2812:30Full practiceNovaCare
Thursday, Aug. 297:00Preseason game at JetsMetLife Stadium

Training Camp Switch: What It Means For You

Eagles President Don Smolenski met with a group of reporters Friday to discuss the team’s decision to hold training camp in Philadelphia this year. Some takeaways:

– While the official number  is to be determined, the Eagles are hopeful to have four or five open practices at the Linc. They will be full-scale practices, according to Smolenski, and free of charge.

– The rest of the practices (about 9-12 of them) will be at NovaCare, which is really limited in terms of the number of fans it can accommodate. Smolenski estimates that they can have 300-400 fans at any given time. (They guessed that roughly 8-10 thousand fans would typically be at Lehigh on a given day.) Practices at NovaCare are by invitation only.

– The driving force for the move really seemed to be practicality. The facilities are better at the NovaCare than at Lehigh, and moving away from those facilities — complete with MRI machines and “video and computer equipment that utilizes network infrastructure” — was making less and less sense.

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– Smolenski said that they have been talking about switching training camp locations for some time, and became more serious about it towards the end of this past season. Chip Kelly is obviously on board and was part of the decision-making process, but by the sounds of it the organization was thinking about making the change before he was in place as head coach. Andy Reid was a fan of going away to training camp, and was a big reason why the Eagles maintained the tradition through last year.

– It is not yet known whether the players will all be staying at a hotel during camp, or if the veterans will be allowed to sleep at home.

– The benefits of the practices being in Philly?

“I think with the open practices at the stadium, certainly we can accomodate more people,” said Smolenski. “It’s at a location people can get to through the highways and the infrastructure, and we can schedule those well in advance so people can mark them of their calendar and it can become a destination date.”

 

Training Camp To Be Held In Philly, Not Lehigh

New regime, new site for training camp.

The Eagles announced Friday that they will hold training camp in Philadelphia this summer both at the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field, ending a 17-year run at Lehigh University.

According to the team, the new set-up will include a number of free, public practices at the Linc along with private practices by invitation only at NovaCare. Here is part of the press release announcing the change:

The Eagles become the 21st NFL team to move practices to their own facilities as the demands of practice make it more and more difficult to replicate what the teams have at their practice facilities.

The decision was a very difficult one for the entire organization, noted team president Don Smolenski.

“There are so many people at Lehigh University who went above and beyond to accommodate us and to make training camp a special place for fans to travel each summer to get an up-close look at the team.  We especially want to thank and recognize  Joe Sterrett, Dean of Athletics, who opened the doors for us 17 years ago and has been supportive every step of the way and Mary Kay Baker, Director of Conference and Special Housing Services, who was there for us on a daily basis to make sure everything ran smoothly. It’s people like them who made this such a difficult decision for us.

“The city of Bethlehem has been part of our lives every summer for the past 17 years.”

Andy Reid found value in bringing his team to the quiet hills of Bethlehem, believing that it promoted team bonding. The Eagles continued making the trek each summer as more and more teams around the NFL opted to stay at home. Chip Kelly is choosing a different, perhaps more modern, direction.

The number of teams going away for training camp is dwindling. Last year, only 13 of the  32 clubs held training camp on a college campus. In most cases, their own facilities are superior to the ones that they will find at the universities.

Kelly is big on efficiency and maximizing practice time. One issue with Lehigh is that their indoor facility is not conducive to holding true practices in. If it rains, the Eagles have been limited to walk-throughs. At the NovaCare, they can retreat to their bubble and hold a more meaningful practice.

The down side is that it is difficult to cultivate the same kind of fan-player intimacy found at Lehigh in this setting.

“The interaction with our fans during the training camp period remains a huge priority. As such, we are currently planning to utilize the opportunities available to us at Lincoln Financial Field to have a number of open practices (which will be free) available to all of our fans,” said Smolemski. “We’ll announce those specific plans in the coming weeks.”

This will be the first time that Eagles training camp has been in Philadelphia since 1943 when practice was held at St. Joseph’s University.

“Lehigh University has enjoyed hosting the Eagles training camp for the past 17 seasons on our campus and on our athletic fields,” said Lehigh Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett. “We realize the Eagles are embarking upon a new era for their team and we wish Coach Kelly and the team all the best in the upcoming season.”

Lehigh ‘Eager’ To Hear Eagles’ Training Camp Plans

The Eagles have held training camp at Lehigh University for the past 17 years. Whether that tradition will continue this season is very much up in the air.

Andy Reid found value in bringing his team to the quiet hills of Bethlehem, believing that it promoted team bonding. The Eagles continued making the trek each summer as more and more teams around the NFL opted to stay at home. The question now is whether Chip Kelly will have a different method of thinking than his predecessor.

The Eagles are under contract with Lehigh University through 2013, but have not yet committed to holding training camp there this summer.

“I can share that we are eager to hear the plans of the organization in light of the coaching change,” said Lehigh Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett in an email Monday.  ”We’ve been sensitive to the priority of getting a staff together and then preparing for and being away at the combine.  I expect that plans for mini-camps and camps will be resolved soon so that final preparations for the draft can occur without the stress of other matters.  For now, we wait.”

The number of teams going away for training camp is dwindling. Last year, only 13 of the  32 clubs held training camp on a college campus. In most cases, their own facilities are superior to the ones that they will find at the universities. Why pay someone else when there are better amenities at home?

Kelly is big on efficiency and maximizing practice time. One issue with Lehigh is that their indoor facility is not conducive to holding meaningful practices in. If it rains, the Eagles have been limited to walk-throughs. At the NovaCare, they can simply retreat to their bubble and proceed as planned for the most part.

There are advantages to staying at home but it comes at a cost, as fans would be largely cut out of the equation. You can have a few fan-friendly sessions at the Linc, but the NovaCare is not equipped to hold open practices. Training camp can provide an intimate setting for team and fan base. Much of that will be lost  if it is held in Philly.

Asked for an update Monday morning, a team spokesman only offered: “Nothing new.”

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