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.
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.”