Eagles fans will have five opportunities to watch their favorite team practice at Lincoln Financial Field during training camp this summer.
The Eagles will be working out at the Linc on July 28, Aug. 5, Aug. 11, Aug. 17 and Aug. 26, beginning at 12:30 p.m. All five practices will be free and open to the public, though tickets will be distributed starting on June 18 at 2 p.m. Fans can get tickets through the team's web site or Ticketmaster. Seating will be general admission and there will be an eight-ticket limit per practice.
"We are very excited to hold training camp in Philadelphia this summer," Eagles president Don Smolenski said Tuesday in a statement. "We organized the practice schedule at Lincoln Financial Field to begin in late July and run throughout the entire month of August so that our fans and their families would have opportunities to come and see the team up close.
"We are opening up the lower bowl first for fan seating and will open up additional seats as needed. We want this to be a fun atmosphere for our fans and can’t wait to feel their energy as we get ready for the regular season."
Parking for those practices will also be free with lots opening three hours early at 9:30 a.m. The Headhouse Plaza will be open at 10:30 a.m. and interior games will open at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available inside the stadium, but no alcoholic beverages will be sold.
The Eagles will also be allowing a limited number of Eagles season ticket holders to watch their other practices at the NovaCare Complex. Those fans will be randomly selected from every section of the Linc.
In addition, a limited number of season ticket holders will be chosen to watch the Eagles' joint practices with the New England Patriots at the NovaCare Complex on Aug. 6-7 prior to their preseason game at the Linc on Aug. 9. This will be the first time the Eagles have practiced with another team in training camp since they held a scrimmage and two joint practices with the Buffalo Bills at Lehigh University in 1998.
The Eagles are practicing at their permanent facilities this season after a 17-year stint at Lehigh. In recent years, those workouts became must-see events for fans, routinely drawing crowds in excess of 3,000 for practices. Prior to Lehigh, the Eagles held training camp at West Chester University (1980-85), Widener University (1973-79), Albright College (1968-72) and in Hershey, Pa. (1951-67). The Eagles will be training in Philadelphia for the first time since 1943, when they had camp at St. Joseph's University.
Eagles rookies are required to report to the NovaCare Complex on July 22 while the entire team is due on July 25. The first full practice under new coach Chip Kelly will be held there on July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The Eagles open the regular season at Washington on Monday, Sept. 9, followed by the home opener against San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 15. Former coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs come to town on Thursday, Sept. 19.
EXTRA POINTS: The Eagles started their final three-day minicamp of the offseason on Tuesday. Unlike the organized team activities (OTAs) held in previous weeks, the minicamp is mandatory for players. All 90 are scheduled to attend except for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga (death in the family) and rookie tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback/returner Jordan Poyer. Ertz (Stanford University) and Poyer (Oregon State) are not permitted to practice under league rules because their schools have not yet finished their spring semesters.
Cornerback Cary Williams is scheduled to be there after missing most of the OTAs with a variety of excuses that included getting dental work done, supervising home repairs and attending his daughter's dance recital. Williams, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl last season, will be attending Ravens' visit to the White House on Wednesday.