Almost two weeks from the opening of Philadelphia Eagles training camp, the team announced Tuesday that it will be returning to Lehigh University’s campus for an 18th training camp in 2013.
"Lehigh University has been an incredible partner of ours, and we couldn’t be more excited about returning for an 18th training camp in 2013," team President Don Smolenski said in a news release on the Eagles Website.
"They provide us with first-class accommodations year in and year out - not only for the players, coaches and staff, but also for the thousands of fans who attend the practices every day. We have a great relationship with Lehigh as evidenced by the communication we had through the lockout last season, which allowed us to hit the ground running once football activities resumed. We’re looking forward to another successful summer at Lehigh."
The Morning Call reported that the Eagles have announced that for this year’s camp additional bleachers have been added behind one of the practice end zones, creating a “horseshoe effect” with the sideline bleachers that have been a fixture.
There will also be new food options in the camp concession, the newspaper reported.
Also new this year, the routine for Eagles training sessions at Lehigh will be reversed to provide for heavier workouts during the afternoon sessions with lighter “walkthroughs” in the morning.
Camp opens on July 22 when rookies and select veterans are scheduled to report. The first workouts will be held on July 23.