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: June 04, 2009, 01:27:22 PM

By ANWAR RICHARDSON | The Tampa Tribune

Published: June 4, 2009

Updated: 4 min. ago

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received the necessary approval from the City of Tampa to open up this year's training camp to the public.

The Bucs decided to bring training camp back to Tampa after the 2008 season, after seven years at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando.

Training camp will begin on August 1 with a morning practice at One Buccaneer Place followed by an evening practice at Raymond James Stadium. Training camp will conclude on August 19.

"You've got to get a stadium practice," Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said. "You want to get it on a Saturday. I want to kickoff this new regime, this new training camp, all these guys getting ready to go out in our stadium. Just a little kickoff deal for everybody so everybody can get a chance to see the new Buccaneers."

Tampa Bay will release its full training camp schedule in the upcoming weeks.

Training camp will begin on Saturday, August 1 with a morning practice at One Buccaneer place, followed by a night session at Raymond James Stadium. Camp will conclude on Wednesday, August 19.

In March, the team said fans would be urged to park adjacent to One Buc Place on the site of the old Tampa Bay Center mall.

The Bucs shifted training camp from the University of Tampa to the Orlando area in 2002, shortly after Jon Gruden was hired as coach. That 2002 club went on to win the Super Bowl, and Gruden said being sequestered at the Celebration Hotel helped to bond players and staff into a cohesive unit.

While the annual Interstate 4 excursion to Lake Buena Vista proved to be a chore for Buc supporters in the Bay area, the move to Central Florida expanded the club's fan base and the team said it was pleased with Disney's hospitality.

"We'll take a lot of the experience we enjoyed in Disney and apply it in Tampa,'' Ford said. "We expect the fan experience will be equivalent to our state-of-the-art facility.''

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#1 : June 04, 2009, 01:31:07 PM

Sure practice will be open to the public, but nowhere in that article does anyone say it will be free admission. Just wondering about that. It was free at Disney.


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#2 : June 04, 2009, 02:09:39 PM

Has to be free or other teams are allowed to send scouts to watch. The Redskins learned that lesson and abandoned the money making efforts at training camp.



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#3 : June 04, 2009, 02:15:36 PM

Sure practice will be open to the public, but nowhere in that article does anyone say it will be free admission. Just wondering about that. It was free at Disney.
Says it's free on the main sites story.

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#4 : June 06, 2009, 12:52:21 AM

On the NFL Network special on the Bucs, they showed Brian Baldinger touring One Buc Place. It looked like the Lombardi Trophy was right in the lobby. Is that accesible for anyone to see or is One Buc Place not generally open to the public? Or will it be accessible during training camp?

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#5 : June 06, 2009, 01:02:08 AM

On the NFL Network special on the Bucs, they showed Brian Baldinger touring One Buc Place. It looked like the Lombardi Trophy was right in the lobby. Is that accesible for anyone to see or is One Buc Place not generally open to the public? Or will it be accessible during training camp?

Not sure. But if you want to see the trophy, it will be on display during Fan Fest on June 13th.

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#6 : June 06, 2009, 01:23:13 AM

I believe Gruden is the rightful owner of that trophy and he took it with him when he left.

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#7 : June 06, 2009, 01:26:46 AM

Has to be free or other teams are allowed to send scouts to watch. The Redskins learned that lesson and abandoned the money making efforts at training camp.
It's always been free for all NFL teams, with whatever college that it was held at making a few dollars on concessions.  My guess is that after the next CBA that may change.  The NFL owners are looking for new revenue streams and I'm sure watching training camp practices for free will soon be a thing of the past for all NFL fans.

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#8 : June 07, 2009, 01:43:41 AM

I plan on definitely going once or twice now that it's not a freakin 90 minute drive.

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