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June 3, 2014

Saints schedule released

NFL team to hold training camp in West Virginia

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The grass is in place, the building is quickly taking form and the New Orleans Saints are finalizing their plans for their trip to the Mountain State.

The Greenbrier released a schedule Monday for the Saints training camp at the resort from July 24 through Aug. 13.

After their arrival on July 24 for physicals and meetings, the Saints will hold 20 practices at the new $25 million practice site — which will feature three practice fields (two grass and one synthetic grass) along with a 55,000-square foot multi-purpose building which will include meeting rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, training and physical therapy rooms, a kitchen and dining facilities — including a scrimmage on Aug. 2. All practices will be open to fans and free of charge.

“We are so excited to welcome the New Orleans Saints to The Greenbrier this summer,” said resort owner Jim Justice in a release. “There is no place like West Virginia in the summertime, and we look forward to introducing the Saints players, staff and fans to our extraordinary resort facilities, which include everything from world class dining and golf to a state-of-the-art spa to hiking, biking, rafting and more on our 10,000 private acres.”

Admission to the practices is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited bleacher seating will be available, with additional seating on the berm. There will be no reserved seating.

Although there is no charge, admission tickets will be issued upon entrance into the facility. The ticket will also provide discounts and access to different activities at The Greenbrier.

Parking will be provided free of charge by the city of White Sulphur Springs just east of The Greenbrier. Fans can take a short ride by bus to the training facility for a cost of $5 per adult and $2 for children.

The most exciting opportunity for fans may be the chance at landing an autograph of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Champ Bailey or other Saints stars. Following each practice, Saints players will sign autographs for fans, time and weather permitting.

Fans will also be encouraged to take photos during practices, although video is prohibited. Restrooms and concessions will be available on site.

Any changes in the practice schedule — because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances — will be announced at and on Twitter @Saints.

This will be the first time a professional football team has held its practices in West Virginia.

The Saints, coached by Sean Payton, won the 2009 Super Bowl. Last season they finished 11-5, losing to eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle in the divisional playoffs. Brees, the team’s quarterback, is an eight-time Pro Bowler and a two-time AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

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