NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at their home facilities
By Barry Wilner
Jun 02, 2020 at 7:48 PM
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told all 32 teams to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but the Cowboys, Steelers, Chiefs, Bills, Colts, Panthers, Redskins and Rams are among those that stage portions of training camp elsewhere.
The Bears announced in January they would be moving their entire training camp to Halas Hall in Lake Forest after 18 years at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.
The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 and will be the first two teams to report in late July. The Cowboys usually train in Oxnard, Calif., and the Steelers in nearby Latrobe, Pa.
The Cowboys have never held their entire preseason at home. The Steelers have trained at St. Vincent College in Latrobe for more than a half-century.
The league has canceled all in-person workouts at team facilities, which only in the last two weeks have begun opening on a limited basis. No coaches and players other than those undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation have been allowed in those facilities.
Soon, the NFL hopes to have club complexes fully open under strict medical guidelines, including social distancing protocols.
One team in something of a limbo: the Raiders. Their move to Las Vegas has been complicated by the pandemic. They had been working out of their Oakland-area complex in Alameda, Calif., and had planned to hold training camp as usual in Napa, Calif., about one hour north of the Bay Area. But they could decide to move it to their new facility in Henderson, Nev.
The Bills have gone to St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y., since 2000, though they have decreased the time they’ve spent away for camp in recent years under coach Sean McDermott.
The Bills have expanded practice facilities at and around their headquarters and last year unveiled a new training facility/weight room featuring state-of-the-art equipment and costing about $18 million.
The Panthers have spent all 25 previous training camps at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., about 90 minutes from their headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Wofford was former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s alma mater.