The Green Bay Packers announced Training Camp schedule yesterday, so if you’re interested in heading to Green Bay this summer to take in a practice or two, take a close look at the schedule, which under the new collective bargaining agreement has significantly cut the number of practices overall and those open to the public.
In addition, the Packers’ annual Family night, set for Saturday, Aug. 2, has also seen some changes from years past.
The economic impact for the city of Green Bay and the Packers is being estimated at about $9 million, with as many as close to 90,000 visiting town during training camp. This marks the 69th season the Packers have held training camp … started by Curly Lambeau back in 1946,
In addition to the practice sessions and Family Night, the Packers will also go on the road for their first two preseason games at Tennessee and St. Louis, followed by their final two preseason games – against the Oakland Raiders (with the return of James Jones, Charles Woodson, and C.J. Wilson) and Kansas City Chiefs (with the return of Andy Reid) closing out the preseason.
Here is the complete schedule:
The following is the official press release sent out by the Packers public relations department …
SCHEDULE SET FOR PACKERS TRAINING CAMP, PRESENTED BY BELLIN HEALTHAction Kicks Off Saturday, July 26, At 8:20 A.M.The Green Bay Packers today announced the schedule for 2014 Packers Training Camp, Presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 8:20 a.m. practice on Saturday, July 26. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:20 a.m. are also scheduled for July 27, 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 1.
The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 2. The following week the team will have three open practices (5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, 12 p.m. on Aug. 5, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 6) on Nitschke Field prior to the preseason opener at Tennessee on Aug. 9.Following the preseason contest against the Titans, Green Bay will hold two open practices, 12 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 13, before heading into the preseason contest at St. Louis on Aug. 16.The Packers will have three practices (12 p.m. on Aug. 18, 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, 10:15 a.m. on August 21) leading into the preseason home opener vs. Oakland on Aug. 22. The team will wrap up training camp with an 11:45 a.m. practice on Aug. 25 and a 10:15 a.m. practice on Aug. 27 before the preseason finale vs. Kansas City on Aug. 28.Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.The annual Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The format for this year’s event has been changed from a scrimmage to a full practice to accomplish the team’s preparation goals for the regular season. The event will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature full contact. The evening activities get under way in the stadium at 5:30 p.m., followed by on-field warm-ups at 6:25 p.m., introductions at 7:30 p.m. and the practice at7:45 p.m.The team’s two home preseason games, also presented by Bellin Health, are slated for Aug. 22, vs. Oakland, and Aug. 28, vs. Kansas City. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at Tennessee, Aug. 9, and at St. Louis, Aug. 16.Important dates on the preseason calendar include:· Friday, July 25 – Players report· Friday, July 25 – Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s season-opening press conference,10 a.m.· Friday, July 25 – Packers 1K Kids Run, 6 p.m.; Movie Night at Lambeau Field featuring “Despicable Me 2,” 7 p.m.· Saturday, July 26 – First practice, 8:20 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field· Saturday, July 26 – Packers 5K Run at Lambeau Field, 6:30 p.m.· Saturday, Aug. 2 – Family Night, Lambeau Field· Wednesday, Aug. 27 – Last practice open to public, 10:15 a.m., Ray Nitschke FieldAccording to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, will attract approximately 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic total impact estimated at approximately $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.This marks Green Bay’s 69th training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids’ bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, and the team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.For the most up-to-date information on the many activities throughout training camp, fans are encouraged to visit www.packers.com.