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Eagles announce one training camp practice is open to the public

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Eagles fans will barely get a chance to see players like DeSean Jackson up close at training camp this year.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have released their schedule for training camp and as part of the announcement, the team said only one practice will be open to the general public. From their press release:

“The Eagles will host a public practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 4 at 7:00 pm. The evening’s festivities will honor and celebrate our country’s armed forces as part of Military Appreciation Night presented by Dietz & Watson.

As the team continues to build upon its fundraising efforts and overall commitment to advancing autism research, individual tickets for the public practice at Lincoln Financial Field will be $10 per ticket. One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds will support the highest quality and most impact autism research to improve the lives of affected individuals and families now, as well as foster the acquisition of knowledge, technologies, and discoveries that will bring new opportunities in the future.”

The team also announced players will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 24, with the first day of practice on Thursday, July 25th.

Fans will no doubt be disappointed in the continued lack of training camp practices that are available to the general public, but part of the issue is training camp is now held at the NovaCare Complex, where there is simply not enough room to accommodate all who would like to attend. In previous years, as many as 18 practices open to the public were held at West Chester Lehigh, but over the years, those numbers dwindled to five and now just the one.

But for many Eagles fans, that summer tradition of making the pilgrimage to wherever it was the Birds were holding minicamp was always a highlight of the football season, and provided a ton of memories.