Good News Once Again
Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons Front Office are simply good. They have an unbelievable ability of getting all of their picks signed and in camp for Day 1 of Training Camp. Peria Jerry, Sam Baker, and now Sean Weatherspoon cut it close, but they got it done. Kudos and beyond to Thomas Dimitroff and his staff on the superb job he’s done as Atlanta Falcons General Manager.
The Long Wait is Finally Over!
Ah, the dark clouds of no-football have finally lifted, and we’re finally ready for some FALCONS FOOTBALL! Training camp is here ladies and gentleman. The long, excruciating pain of waiting for a new football season has at last come to an end. The post draft buzz wore off quickly; leaving us football junkies only with the heat of summer and a few tidbits from mini-camp and OTA’s to fill our appetite. Mini-camp only lasted a couple of days and organized training activities were basically a roll call of who was present and who failed to show. Training camp is the unofficial start to football season, which is the best time of year for most of us. The anticipation of training camp gives us football fanatics a glimpse of what the Falcons have and makes the month of August the most exciting time of the year in terms of waiting. Other sports are enjoyable to watch, but can be time fillers for the real season to get underway for many of us.
Deepest Roster to Date
The Bird Cage will be starting a “2010 Training Camp Battle Series” that will last through the Grand Finale of camp, so there will be plenty of time to delve into the many battles throughout August. This has been mentioned as possibly being the deepest Falcons roster in quite some time with so many battles even down to the precious practice squad spots.
A few Frequently Asked Questions from AtlantaFalcons.com:
Training Camp Times
Friday, July 30: Practices from 8:30-10:10 a.m. and 3:45-5:25 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Saturday, July 31: Practices from 8:30-10:10 a.m. and 3:45-5:50 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Sunday, August 1: Practices from 9:35-10:30 a.m. and 3:45-5:55 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Monday, August 2: Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-5:25 p.m. The afternoon session will be closed to the public.
Tuesday, August 3: Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-4:40 p.m. The afternoon session will be closed to the public.
Wednesday, August 4: One practice, open to the public, from 1:30-3:40 p.m.
Thursday, August 5: Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-5:25 p.m. The afternoon session will be closed to the public.
Friday, August 6: One practice, open to the public, from 10:15-11:55 a.m. Also, the Falcons Allstate All-Access ‘Friday Night Lights’ team scrimmage will be held at North Gwinnett High School and will be open to the public. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 7: Mock Game at Flowery Branch at noon. Open to the public.
Sunday, August 8: No Practice.
Monday, August 9: Combined practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-4:40 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Tuesday, August 10: Final day of combined practices with Jaguars. Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-5:50 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Wednesday, August 11: Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-4:40 p.m. The afternoon session will be closed to the public.
Thursday, August 12: Practices from 8:50-10:55 a.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. Both sessions will be closed to the public.
Friday, August 13: Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 14: No Practice.
Sunday, August 15: Practices from 9:30 -11:35 a.m. and 3:45-5:25 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Monday, August 16: Practices from 8:30-10:40 a.m. and 3:45-4:40 p.m. Both sessions will be closed to the public.
Tuesday, August 17: Combined practices with the New England Patriots. Practices from 8:30-10:55 a.m. and 3:45-5:35 p.m. Both practices are open to the public.
Wednesday, August 18: One practice from 10:15-11:35 a.m. Practice will be closed to the public.
Thursday, August 19: Preseason Week 2 vs. New England, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 20: No Practice.
Saturday, August 21: Practices from 9:30-11:35 a.m. and 3:45-5:25 p.m. Both sessions will be closed to the public.
Sunday, August 22: One practice from 9:35-10:30 a.m. Practice will be closed to the public
What to Bring:
Hats, jackets, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, blankets, umbrellas, lawn chairs, and strollers
Are Cameras Allowed?
Still cameras with under 12′ lenses and no flashes are permitted. No flash photography of any type, camcorders, or recorders are permitted at any time.
Are Coolers Allowed?
Coolers are permitted, but are subject to search at any time by Falcons security personnel. No alcoholic beverages of any kind or glass containers are permitted.
Are Bags Allowed?
Bags over 8.5 inches wide by 13 inches long by 5 inches deep are not permitted at training camp.
Any ATM’s on site?
No ATM’s are located on site, so grab cash before hand if you plan to purchase any merchandise or concessions
Training camp parking is available at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex and Flowery Branch High School across the street from the Falcons Training Complex. After Hall County Schools begin, parking will be available at the Hollis Transportation Lot located one mile from the Falcons Training Complex. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided from this location. Please follow the signs to this location. There is no general parking available at the Falcons training complex
A Kids Zone interactive area will be available for children one hour prior to each practice session.
The Falcons merchandise tent is located near the main fan field entrance of camp.
You can either bring your own merchandise or purchase it at Flowery Branch, but make sure to bring your own sharpie.
Helpful Links for Camp
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