NFL Training Camps Open Next Week

Official NFL Release

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Clubs will begin their on-field preparations for NFL Kickoff 2012 next week, starting with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, July 23 when their veterans and rookies report. By Sunday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

More and more, teams are training at their regular-season headquarters. In 2000, only five of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home. This year, more than half the league (18 of 32, 56 percent) will be "staying home" for training camp.

For the first time in Bengals' history, the club will conduct its training camp in Cincinnati at its home facility. The Bengals previously held training camp at Georgetown College (1997-2011) in Kentucky and Wilmington College (1968-1996) in Ohio.

"This change will provide our hometown fans a unique opportunity to see the 2012 team as it comes together," says Bengals Executive Vice President KATIE BLACKBURNon training camp being held at Paul Brown Stadium. "We hope it will also help attract fans from outside Greater Cincinnati."

The Ravens, too, are looking forward to having all the comforts of home at their disposal as they remain at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland again this summer. Last season, the club decided to conduct training camp at its practice facility in Owings Mills instead of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland for the first time in franchise history (since 1996).

"How teams conduct training camp today is vastly different," says Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President OZZIE NEWSOME. "Our football needs and requirements are different. The absence of two-a-days, space needed for the players and the meetings, the importance of having an indoor field when the summer storms come - all are football-influenced factors."

Here's a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000

5 of 31 (16%)

2007

17 of 32 (53%)

2001

5 of 31 (16%)

2008

14 of 32 (44%)

2002

7 of 32 (22%)

2009

17 of 32 (53%)

2003

12 of 32 (38%)

2010

17 of 32 (53%)

2004

12 of 32 (38%)

2011

19 of 32 (59%)

2005

15 of 32 (47%)

2012

18 of 32 (56%)

2006

13 of 32 (41%)


FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS

The numbers may prove home-base popularity is a growing league-wide trend, but there are still teams employing the "old-time" philosophy of encamping away.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that "come together" away from home (Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania).

"I love football, I love this process, I love going to camp, I love team-building, readying ourselves to pursue our goals," says Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN. "I am extremely excited."

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return on July 25 for their 55th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

The New York Giants' dream 2011 season began with training camp at their home practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey before culminating with the franchise's eighth NFL championship. This season the team will return to the University at Albany for training camp in Albany, New York for the 16th summer, the most frequent training camp site in team history.

"Albany has been an ideal summer home for our football team," says Giants President and Chief Executive Officer JOHN MARA. "In addition to the great facilities, we have felt for 15 years that starting our season in Albany gives us the best chance to succeed each season."

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM

TRAINING CAMP

CITY

YEARS

Green Bay Packers

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin

55

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota State, Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

47

Pittsburgh Steelers

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

47

Following is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

AFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Baltimore

Under Armour Performance Center

Owings Mills, MD

7/22

7/25

Buffalo

St. John Fisher College

Pittsford, NY

7/9

7/25

Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati, OH

7/26

7/26

Cleveland

Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Berea, OH

7/24

7/26

Denver

Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre

Englewood, CO

7/25

7/25

Houston

Methodist Training Center

Houston, TX

7/22

7/27

Indianapolis

Anderson University

Anderson, IN

7/25

7/28

Jacksonville

Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields

Jacksonville, FL

7/26

7/26

Kansas City

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

7/26

7/26

Miami

Miami Dolphins Training Facility

Davie, FL

7/26

7/26

New England

Gillette Stadium

Foxboro, MA

7/19

7/25

NY Jets

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

7/23

7/26

Oakland

Napa Valley Marriott

Napa, CA

7/29

7/29

Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

7/25

7/25

San Diego

Chargers Park

San Diego, CA

7/22

7/25

Tennessee

Baptist Sports Park

Nashville, TN

7/24

7/27

NFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

7/23

7/23

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Flowery Branch, GA

7/25

7/25

Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

7/16

7/27

Chicago

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

7/25

7/25

Dallas

City of Oxnard Fields

Oxnard, CA

7/25

7/29

Detroit

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Allen Park, MI

7/23

7/26

Green Bay

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI

7/25

7/25

Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

7/26

7/26

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Training Facility

Metairie, LA

7/24

7/24

NY Giants

University at Albany

Albany, NY

7/26

7/26

Philadelphia

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

7/22

7/25

St. Louis

ContinuityX Training Center

Earth City, MO

7/24

7/28

San Francisco

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center

Santa Clara, CA

7/21

7/26

Seattle

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, WA

7/27

7/27

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

Tampa, FL

7/18

7/26

Washington

Redskins Park

Ashburn, VA

7/16

7/25

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

2012 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

DATE

GAME

NETWORK (TIME)

Sunday, August 5

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:

Arizona vs. New Orleans

NFLN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 1 (August 9-13)

Thursday, August 9

Green Bay at San Diego

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 13

Dallas at Oakland

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16

Cincinnati at Atlanta

FOX (8:00 PM)

Friday, August 17

Detroit at Baltimore

FOX (8:00 PM)

Sunday, August 19

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

NBC (8:00 PM)

Monday, August 20

Philadelphia at New England

ESPN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)

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