Big Changes Coming To Training Camp?

June 18th, 2015

cheerleadersweatyThe Bucs have yet to announce training camp details. Look for that next week, and it might come with big changes.

Joe is interested in how the team might handle large, Jameis-Winston-fueled crowds at One Buc Palace, and in something Lovie Smith said yesterday.

Back when Tampa Bay left Disney World and brought training camp to the new One Buc Palace, free tickets for camp were distributed. It was a move designed to avoid an overflow crowd that couldn’t be accommodated effectively.

That idea faded pretty quickly because it was unnecessary. Crowds have been at capacity at times, but fans haven’t been turned away in droves after flooding the scene.

Will the Bucs go back to a ticket system? Joe has to believe Jameis will draw quite a lot more people. If he doesn’t, then there’s a problem.

Second, Lovie Smith suggested practices could be at night.

“We’re talking to people who can predict the weather better than we can and we may adjust a little bit,” Lovie said. “Eventually we’re going to have lights or something like that and it won’t affect us very much, but hopefully we’ll get lucky again this year.”

Yes, Joe was one of those guys back in the day out at the University of Tampa bleachers watching Bucs training camp, double sessions, day and evening. A night practice option is a good one to have. If the Bucs ever finally leave the NFL cellar, then they’ll have multiple night games on their schedule.

For 2015, Lovie said most training camp practice sessions will be in the prime afternoon heat, but he will be mixing in some a.m. times, a break from the swelter. With the Bucs opening the preseason in Minnesota on Saturday, Aug. 15, the first practice is expected to be Aug. 1.

6 Responses to “Big Changes Coming To Training Camp?”

  1. lovinthecrablegs Says:

    let the countdown begin

  2. drdneast Says:

    Tickets will be the priority for present season ticket holes which excludes a high number of chumps and trolls who post out here. LOL.

  3. Bucfever40 Says:

    Hey if they can’t provide an indoor facility, then practicing at night might help reduce injuries associated with the heat, I’m all for it.

  4. Dan Says:

    The best of the unemployed losers will be there… People w careers and lives won’t

  5. Kevin Says:

    I think an indoor facility…hell an air conditioned stadium is the way to go. I work out in the heat everyday and although I am very well conditioned to do so, it doesn’t get any easier. Weeks I work outside I can’t wait to come home and cut the grass and finally break a good cold sweat!

    Weeks I’m in the sun all week in the summer….screw the yard, it can wait…

    I used to buy into the fact that practicing in the heat gives the players an advantage but on the same token, practicing in the cool bring s the guys in a LOT fresher and ready for an intense workout. Tampa Native here working outside for 14 years. I think the players would probably agree.

  6. Kevin Says:

    Not to mention on top of all that, fans would be much more excited to walk into at least a building with a retractable roof and make the viewing experience more enjoyable. Our summers are like they’re winters up north. They are both extreme. It would be nice to walk back to my seat with my $14.50 beer and it still be cold after I sit down.