The Philadelphia Eagles plan to include a number of fan-oriented activities during their five public traning camp practices at Lincoln Financial Field this summer.
"Our goal is to have a fun atmosphere for fans as they get an up-close look at the team," Eagles president Don Smolenski said Thursday in a statement.
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly will guide the players through 12:30 p.m. practices at the Linc on Sunday, July 28; Monday, Aug. 5; Sunday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 17; and Monday, Aug. 26. Free tickets to the workouts will be available starting Tuesday at 2 p.m. through the team's website and Ticketmaster. There is an eight-ticket limit per person per practice. Seating will be general admission by section. Parking will also be free with lots opening at 9:30 a.m. each day. Concessions will be open, but no alcoholic beverages will be sold.
Every fan entering the stadium on those days will receive a scratch-off ticket. Those who hold "winning" tickets will be eligible to obtain player autographs after each practice on the SCA and West club levels.
Music, face-painting artists and appearances by the team's mascot and cheerleaders will be at the HeadHouse Plaza each day starting at 10:30 a.m.
After practice, fans ages 14-and-under will have the opportunity to catch a pass on the field from a former player.
Each workout will also include a special event. July 28 will be Alumni Day, when former players will be recognized on the field and some will also sign autographs at the HeadHouse Plaza.
The Eagles will continue their training camp tradition of honoring members of the service during Military Day on Aug. 5. On Aug. 11, the first 10,000 fans ages 12-and-under will receiving a LeSean McCoy mini-bobblehead doll. Members of the Philadelphia police and fire departments, and first responders, will participate in the fourth annual Health and Safety Day on Aug. 17.
The Eagles in recent years held one public nighttime practice at the Linc during each training camp, but Flight Night is not part of the schedule of events the team has announced.
The Eagles are staging training camp at the NovaCare Complex and the Linc after a 17-year stint at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. A limited number of season-ticket holders will be invited to watch the workouts at the NovaCare Complex, including the joint practices with the New England Patriots on Aug. 6-7. The Eagles also will host the Patriots in a preseason game at the Linc on Aug. 9.
The Eagles will practice with another team in training camp for the first time since they held a scrimmage and two workouts with the Buffalo Bills at Lehigh in 1998.
"(Patriots coach) Bill (Belichick) called me," Kelly said last week. "I have known Bill for a while. I used to go visit the Patriots while I was in college, and I have a ton of respect for him. He presented (the idea of joint practices) and it makes sense. He has done it before with the Buccaneers and the Saints.
"It sounded like a good idea to us. They were coming here (for the preseason game), so it really doesn't upset our schedule whatsoever. I think it's a positive thing and look forward to getting out there and getting a chance to compete with them."
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