Greenbrier to host Saints training camp this summer
With the PGA Tour returning next week, it's no surprise that things are hopping at the gorgeous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. But the Greenbrier Classic isn't the only big event on the schedule this summer.
The New Orleans Saints will hold their preseason training camp at the Greenbrier, and the resort is busily building a full set of facilities – including a 55,000-square-foot building that'll host meeting rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, and training and physical therapy spaces. Also under construction are two natural grass practice fields and a third outfitted with artificial turf.
The Saints are scheduled to arrive in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains on July 24, and remain through Aug. 13. They're scheduled to stage 20 practices along with an Aug. 2 scrimmage on-site, and all those events are open to the public.
The team will return to New Orleans on Aug. 14, and finish its preseason schedule at their permanent practice facility in Metairie, La.
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This year will be the first of at least three straight years in which the Saints will train at the Greenbrier as part of a deal with local and state officials. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is spending approximately $20 million to build the practice facilities, according to New Orleans news site Nola.com, but is receiving some relief from investment and sales taxes.
The Saints began looking at the Greenbrier as long as three years ago, and the deal was finalized earlier this year at a signing ceremony attended by Saints coach Sean Payton – who, you might remember, also caddied for Ryan Palmer at last year's Greenbrier Classic.
You can see the Saints' complete preseason schedule and all the details for attending practice at the Greenbrier by clicking here. And below is a tweet from a guy who I'm pretty sure isn't doing any of the actual work.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) June 25, 2014