The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cleared the legal zoning hurdles to open up training camp to the public. The Bucs will have open training camp practices in the city of Tampa for the first time since training camp in 2001. Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was happy that his players would be practicing in front of their fans as they prepare for the 2009 regular season.
"We're all excited, today we just got approved and we can officially have fans come to our training camp this year," Morris said. â€¨
Training camp will begin on Saturday, August 1 with a morning practice at One Buccaneer Place followed by a night practice at Raymond James Stadium. Training camp will conclude on Wednesday, August 19. At a later date the team will announce a detailed practice schedule, parking information, and other details.
"You've got to get in a stadium practice," said Morris. "You want to get it on a Saturday. I want to kickoff the new regime, this new training camp, all these guys getting ready to go out in our stadium. It's just a little kickoff deal for everybody so everybody can get a chance to see the new Buccaneers."
The team announced that they received the necessary approval from the city to change their Development Order and allow practices to be open to the public. The last time the team held training camp in Tampa was in 2001 under former head coach Tony Dungy. During former head coach Jon Gruden's tenure the Bucs trained at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL.