The dates are set for the Patriots’ training camp this summer, and if you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth taking the trip to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The rookies must report to the Patriots’ facilities on June 25, and the veterans will report on June 28. Practices will be open to the public beginning on June 29. I will post the times practices are open to the public as soon as that schedule becomes available. If you can’t make it to training camp, check Musket Fire for updates.
Most camp days have a morning and an afternoon session. Not all are necessarily open to the public. If you want to stick around for both the morning and the afternoon sessions, it’s much easier to do now with all of the stores and restaurants at Patriot Place around the stadium. When I would stay for both sessions in the past, I would have to throw the football around for a few hours and try and stay busy to pass the time. Now, there’s plenty to keep yourself entertained. If you haven’t seen the Hall at Patriot Place (Pats’ Hall of Fame), definitely check that out in between sessions.
If you can only make one training camp day, make it Tuesday, Aug. 10. The Patriots will be hosting the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints for joint practice sessions. The two teams will be scrimmaging each other and dust-ups usually occur when teams hold joint practices, so it should make for an exciting day. Two days later, the Pats will play the Saints for a preseason game. Football’s right around the corner!