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Players Report for Titans Training Camp

 

First practice that will be open to the public scheduled for Sunday, July 31st

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – With players reporting for training camp today, a new era dawns for the Tennessee Titans.

Fans are invited to attend a total of 17 practices during the fourweek camp, all free of charge. It is the only time of the year that practices are open to the general public. The first practice fans can attend will take place at 6:30pm on Sunday, July 31st.

Once again this year the Titans will conduct training camp practices at Baptist Sports Park, where the vast majority of the team’s camps have been conducted since the team moved to Tennessee in 1997.

Jason Jones and rest of the Titans report to training camp today. (Tennessee Titans)

Jason Jones and rest of the Titans report to training camp today. (Tennessee Titans)

Training camp will operate similarly to previous years. Free parking is available directly across the street from Baptist Sports Park at the CVS/Caremark corporate offices (445 Great Circle Road). A merchandise tent will be on site next to the practice field selling a wide selection of Titans apparel and merchandise, and cold non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to purchase. Fans can watch practice from the outside perimeter of the three practice fields, but spectators should be prepared to stand in typical Middle Tennessee summer heat for the duration of their visit, as shade and seating are very limited.

With the logistics of training camp largely unchanged, the team itself has undergone significant transformation. Less than four weeks after the 2010 season ended, the Titans announced that the organization and former head coach Jeff Fisher had agreed to part ways, ending a tenure that began in 1994. Then, on February 7th, owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. announced the 16th coach in franchise history—former Houston Oilers guard, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and 14-year offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

Mike Munchak

Mike Munchak

The 2011 campaign marks the 30th season with the organization for Munchak. In a 12-year playing career (1982-93), he started 156 regular season games (seventh in franchise history) and earned nine Pro Bowl invitations. He then spent three seasons (1994-96) as an offensive assistant/quality control coach before taking over the offensive line in 1997.

Munchak heads a 19-man coaching staff, of which 14 members are either new to the team or have a different role from 2010. Both coordinators— Chris Palmer on offense and Jerry Gray on the defensive side—were hired by Munchak early in the offseason.

The roster, assembled by general manager Mike Reinfeldt and his staff, has seen significant additions as well. Perhaps most notably, the team used the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft to select Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who passed for 7,639 yards and 53 touchdowns during his four-year college career. Reinfeldt also has indicated the team will look to add an experienced veteran quarterback during the free agency signing period, which begins Friday, July 29th, the same day players are scheduled to report for camp.

NFL Training Camp - 2011Once training camp begins, the Titans will have just 14 days before they open the preseason on Saturday, August 13th at LP Field against the Minnesota Vikings. By August 30th (tentative date), the roster must be trimmed from 90 to 75 players. On September 3rd, the final roster cutdown will leave the club at 53 players, leading into the regular season opener on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 11th.

For an up-to-date camp schedule, fans can call the team’s training camp hotline at 615.565.4190, or they can go to the team’s official website, www.TitansOnline.com.

Tickets On Sale August 8th

Meanwhile, on Monday, August 8th, a limited number of single-game tickets for Titans home games will go on sale. At 10:00am CDT, approximately 3,000 tickets for each of the 10 home contests will be made available for purchase by visiting the ticket office at LP Field, calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, or logging on to Ticketmaster.com.

Fans can purchase a maximum of up to four tickets per game for as many as two games.

Titans Training Camp Schedule

Training camp practices at Baptist Sports Park are free and open to the public from Sunday, July 31st through Tuesday, August 23rd. The schedule is subject to change. Fans should check www.TitansOnline.com or call the team’s training camp hotline at 615.565.4190 for the latest updates. If there is inclement weather in the area or extreme heat conditions, practice may be moved to the indoor practice bubble, which will be closed to the public due to space concerns.

Weather permitting
Please note: schedule subject to change

Friday, July 29th
6:00pm press conference at Baptist Sports Park (time TBA)

Saturday, July 30th
3:45pm team practice. . . . . . . . Closed to public; open to media

Sunday, July 31st
6:30pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Monday, August 1st
3:00pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Tuesday, August 2nd
6:30pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Wednesday, August 3rd
3:00pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Thursday, August 4th
6:15pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Friday, August 5th
3:00pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Saturday, August 6th
2:00pm practice at LP Field . . . Open to public

Sunday, August 7th
Players’ day off; no access

Monday, August 8th
10:00am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Single-game tickets go on sale
3:00pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Tuesday, August 9th
6:30pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Wednesday, August 10th
3:00pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Thursday, August 11th
3:15pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Friday, August 12th
No access

Saturday, August 13th
7:00pm CT preseason game vs. Minnesota Vikings at LP Field

Sunday, August 14th
Mike Munchak press conference at Baptist Sports Park (time TBA)

Monday, August 15th
3:30pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Tuesday, August 16th
6:30pm team practice. . . . . . . . Open to public

Camp Essential Fan Information

Training camp is the best time for fans to get an up-close look at the current  Tennessee Titans. It is the only time of the year when practice is open to the public. A total of 17 practices are scheduled for fans to watch from July 31st through August 23rd. For more information on Titans training camp, fans can call the team’s training camp hotline at 615.565.4190 or log on to the team’s official website, www.TitansOnline.com.

Fan Admission And Parking: Admission to practice and parking for fans is free at Baptist Sports Park. Fans attending training camp can park directly across the street from Baptist Sports Park in the CVS/Caremark corporate offices at 445 Great Circle Road.

Directions to training camp parking:

  • From Interstate 65 in downtown Nashville, take Exit 85 (Rosa Parks Boulevard) North.
  • Proceed on Rosa Parks Boulevard and turn right on Athens Way.
  • Turn left on Great Circle Road.
  • Security officials will direct fans to the parking lot on the right and assist crossing the street into Baptist Sports Park.

At the practice facility, fans are permitted to walk along and watch from the outside perimeter of the three outdoor practice fields. Gates to the practice field generally open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled practice. Fans should be prepared to stand during practice, as bleacher seating is very limited. Workouts inside the practice “bubble” are closed to the public.

Practice Times: Typical start times for training camp are 3:00pm-3:45pm and 6:15pm-6:30pm. Other practice times are scattered throughout the camp schedule, including a 2:00pm practice at LP Field on Saturday, August 6th.

Autographs: Every player on the Titans roster will take part in a free autograph session after practice at least once during training camp. Generally, three to five players are assigned to the autograph schedule each day, and usually the players sign autographs along the sideline of the field nearest to the fan entrance. Additional players may choose to sign autographs at their discretion. The players’ time is limited, however, and fans are not guaranteed to receive autographs. A tentative autograph schedule is released approximately one week in advance at www. TitansOnline.com and through various media outlets. The autograph schedule is subject to change without notice.

Dress Appropriately: Fans should dress appropriately for the heat of Middle Tennessee. Training camp practices often take place during the hottest portions of the day, and there are very few shaded areas overlooking the practice fields at Baptist Sports Park.

Access To Practice Is On A First-Come, First-Served Basis: Although over-crowding is rare at training camp practices, there is a limit to the number of fans who can safely attend practices. Fans arriving first will be given first priority.

Merchandise And Concessions: A merchandise tent will be open during all practices, selling a variety of Titans goods and apparel. The merchandise tent will be located at the entrance to the practice field. Additionally, a concession stand selling ice cold Coca-Cola products will be open during all practices. Fans are permitted to bring their own refreshments. However, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Video Cameras Prohibited: Fans are not permitted to use video cameras during training camp practices and are asked to not bring them onto the premises. Video features on cellular devices are also prohibited from being used. However, “still” photography cameras are permitted.

Weather Conditions: The safety of fans and players is the organization’s top priority during training camp practices. If inclement weather, particularly lightening, is moving into the area, practice may be moved to the team’s indoor practice “bubble,” where fans are not permitted due to space restrictions. Practice also is subject to be moved indoors due to extreme heat conditions. Upon inclement weather, fans may be asked to depart the practice facility.


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