Falcons join teams charging fans for a training camp practice

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Other teams have tried it, so the Falcons have decided to charge for a thing that used to be free.

The team announced that their Sunday, July 29 practice would be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and that tickets for the camp practice would be $5.

They said in their release the proceeds would go to the “Atlanta Super Bowl host committee’s capital improvement project,” whatever that is. The Falcons’ release touts the availability to sample “its award-winning food and beverage experience,” (i.e. buy some consumable stuff) as well as other entertainment beyond a football practice.

Last year, the Panthers started charging for their Fan Fest practice (also $5 per ticket, and they said they were donating the proceeds to the team’s charitable foundation). The Buccaneers are limiting access to their camp, trying to use it as bait to get fans to buy season-ticket packages.

In the past, teams who charged for such practices opened the door for opposing scouts to sit in the crowd and take notes, but the league changed that policy in 2014. So now it’s not an issue of competitive advantage, it’s just about the money, and how teams can pry more of it from their fans.

24 responses to “Falcons join teams charging fans for a training camp practice

  1. That would be the day I paid to see practice. I have been to a couple of Jaguars practices and they are beyond boring (cue the Jaguar jokes). I would never go again, let alone pay for the privilege.

  2. silvernblacksabbath says:
    July 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    $5. That’s affordable at least.

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    But, why bother? That’s insulting. The guy is that desperate for money, he lowers himself to actually charge the $5?

    What a joke.

  3. These are the scums, that a lot of people like to side with over the players. The owners love you long time! Keep handing over that money cupcakes

  4. LMAO waiting to see how many chumps ante up for this! This is Tacky and low class to say the least.

  5. Doesn’t that market already have a hard enough time getting fans to attend pro sporting events?

  6. The NFL is really just hurting itself on weekly basis. In a time when you are hemorrhaging fans they decide to screw them over some more. I already canceled my Sunday Ticket, got out of most of my fantasy leagues and will only watch the Packers. Not wasting my time on this league more interested in pleasing our dofus in office than the fans that support them.

  7. So they charge Joe Fan 5.00 to watch a practice. The team then takes the proceeds and use it to ensure the people who attend the Super Bowl have a great experience at a game that Joe Fan can’t get a ticket too. That sounds fair.

  8. Why not have some way to lock people’s TVs so any time anything NFL related (commercials, announcements, etc.) Come on the TV owner has to put their credit card number in and pay 10 bucks to see it. 100 bucks for a game. Let’s see how many ways the league and owners can push the fans away. Giving people a free peek creates fans. Charging for a peek will cause people to focus on something else.

  9. I’ve been to many Falcons training camps at Flowery Branch and it can be extremely hot out there, so the air-conditioned stadium will be welcomed. Plus Flowery Branch is further to me than the stadium so I’ll probably save more than the $5 in gas. Lastly, the concessions at the stadium are dirt cheap, like local high school football game cheap.

  10. atldirtybird1 says: “I’ve been to many Falcons training camps at Flowery Branch and it can be extremely hot out there, so the air-conditioned stadium will be welcomed. Plus Flowery Branch is further to me than the stadium so I’ll probably save more than the $5 in gas. Lastly, the concessions at the stadium are dirt cheap, like local high school football game cheap.”
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    Hey, stop injecting logic and common sense into the discussion! Everyone is only here to rant about how much they hate the NFL for you know, being a business…

    They need their millenial entitlements and must demand everything be given free to them!!!

  11. GREEDY.The NFL appears to continue to irritate fans with this potentially PR disaster.
    Why not though. They have the huge TV contract even if they upset their home based fans by charging admission to practices

  12. People whine about players negotiating for larger salaries, but have no qualms with ultra-rich owners nickel-and-diming fans over anything, even when said owners already make money hand-over-fist. Logical.

  13. I guess $5 is not too much to watch the NFL Employees practice their protests, especially if your mom kicks you out of the basement and you have no where else to go!

  14. Charging to attend practice in a sport where the owners are already making money hand over fist seems unbelievably greedy.

  15. Truthfully, going to a practice session is roughly comparable to sitting in the Visitor’s gallery when the US Senate is in session. You get to watch a bunch standing around.

  16. Charging to watch a practice is just insulting. Why pay to watch a bunch of overpaid athletes stand around and do nothing most of the time? No thanks, I’ll watch the preseason games for free at home. They are more entertaining than TC will ever be.

  17. At least we don’t have to watch Arthur Blank’s PLAY 60 commercial anymore. The head bobbing thing was embarrassing.

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