PHILADELPHIA - Eagles fans apparently cannot wait to get a glimpse of their favorite team.

Team president Don Smolenski said Thursday that over 200,000 tickets have been reserved for the five open practices the Eagles will be conducting at Lincoln Financial Field during training camp.

The workouts will be held at 12:30 p.m. on July 28, Aug. 5, Aug. 11, Aug. 17 and Aug. 26, respectively.

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"We're very excited," Smolenski said during a press gathering at the NovaCare Complex. "And the attendance numbers continue to grow."

The Eagles are conducting training camp at the NovaCare Complex and the Linc this season under new coach Chip Kelly after a 17-year stint at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. in which they averaged around 6,000 fans per day.

Rookies are required to report on Monday to the NovaCare Complex, followed by the rest of the team on Thursday. Kelly's first practice of camp will be held at NovaCare next Friday.

They are now part of a growing trend in the NFL. The Eagles are among 19 teams scheduled to conduct their training camps this summer at their permanent practice facilities and/or stadiums.

"I just think we have everything here so packing everything up and moving didn't make sense to me," Kelly said last month. "All our video stuff is here. Our servers are here. You're dealing with portable laptops and hoping you can get practice on it. You have issues when it rains (at Lehigh). Where do you go? Why would you move everything to go somewhere else?"

The Eagles are utilitizing both venues. In addition to the free, public practices at the Linc, they will be holding daily workouts on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex, albeit in front of much smaller crowds.

About 300 to 400 people will be watching practices there, including 50 season-ticket holders randomly selected from each section of the stadium.

"Practices here will be very intimate," Smolenski said.



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