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Majority of NFL clubs holding training camp at home in 2013

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Here’s an interesting tidbit courtesy of the NFL: Just 13-of-32 teams will go away for training camp in 2013.

By contrast, 26-of-31 teams traveled for camp in 2000, per league data.

There are obvious advantages to staying at home and hitting the road. Some of the “home” advantages are more tangible. The most obvious plus is teams don’t have to spend time, energy and money taking their operations on the road.

The big advantage of traveling, of course, is the potential removal of the distractions of home, though whether that’s completely possible in the 21st century is another issue altogether.

For the record, the teams traveling for camp this summer are the Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Jets, Packers, Panthers, Raiders, Redskins, Steelers and Vikings. The Cardinals, while holding camp at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, have their practice facilities in Tempe.

For reference, here are training camp locations and reporting dates for all 32 teams.

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17 Responses to “Majority of NFL clubs holding training camp at home in 2013”
  1. padraighansen says: Jul 16, 2013 5:19 PM

    The Packers do not exactly “travel” for training camp.

  2. gcclark98 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:27 PM

    the colts drive 40 min from indianapolis to anderson…not really going far

  3. robf2010 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:32 PM

    Some/most of them have taxpayer-funded training facilities and there is some pressure for them to stay home and open practices for fans. That’s not to say they can’t travel if they want but they will have some ‘splainin to do to locals as to why they choose to several weeks enriching another community.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 16, 2013 5:38 PM

    It will be a sad day if the Vikings stop having training camp in Mankato. It’s a great tradition and good for the community.

  5. hunst009 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:39 PM

    Not sure how the packers are included on this list, they stay in dorms but never leave Green Bay.

  6. kcrobert10 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:41 PM

    Just like some of the others on the list the chiefs are going to st Joe. 30 min drive up I-29 not exactly what I would call traveling. If they would let them I bet most of the players could and would stay at home with there families and drive to and from training camp.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 16, 2013 5:45 PM

    The Third World hungry of NFL fandom pleadingly hold out their utensils and items in hope of nourishment.

  8. whiskeywaters says: Jul 16, 2013 5:47 PM

    The Vikings play at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, their headquarters are at Winter Park in Eden Prairie and they hold training camp in Mankato, which is about 65-70 miles south……I wouldn’t necessarily say they’re “traveling” but whatever, right on. Now, the Cowboys are holding training camp in California…..that would be traveling.

  9. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 16, 2013 5:55 PM

    Buffalo goes to the next city over where they are still the residential fan base. Wouldn’t call that traveling…regardless of dorm situation.

  10. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 16, 2013 6:16 PM

    Pittsburgh to Latrobe is less than an hour, not what I call going “away” for camp. Pretty much a average commute for the working class.

  11. seahawks4alltime says: Jul 16, 2013 6:30 PM

    One good reason for a team to travel for training camp is that they can spread their fan base and make a larger impact in their market.

    When the Seattle Seahawks got their new state-of-the-art training facility (VMAC) in Renton Washington (just outside of Seattle) they stopped coming over to the east side of Washington state (to the tiny little college town of Cheney Washington, just outside of Spokane Washington). Folks on the east side of Washington probably wouldn’t love the Seahawks quite as much is they had never held training camp over here.

  12. onbucky96 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:30 PM

    Packers are NOT traveling. Practice is at home, dorms 10 minutes away in DePere.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:51 PM

    Easier to max out the number of fans they can get into camp and sell those $6 sodas and $10 beers to in the August heat.

    Not to mention many teams used to have camp at universities, and today’s players aren’t very enthusiastic about being shoved into the low quality housing available on many campuses.

  14. rgwhodey says: Jul 16, 2013 8:08 PM

    when the Bengals announced they were gonna have training camp in Cincinnati instead of Georgetown, you called Mike Brown cheap… but now majority do it and its no longer being cheap?

  15. dwats says: Jul 16, 2013 8:53 PM

    Aww, That’s nice. Cowboys get to go to their country club powder puff camp in California for a couple weeks

  16. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    The Packers only house the players at a local college dormitory. They practice on their own practice fields and have meetings in their same meeting rooms.

    How are you defining travel?

  17. gbrim says: Jul 17, 2013 11:09 AM

    Cards training in the Phoenix metro area, at their home stadium. Doesn’t come close to ‘traveling’ for training camp…..

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