Report: NFL Teams Required to Hold Training Camps at Home Facilities

Jordan Cohn
June 02, 2020 - 5:18 pm
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The Cowboys are going to have to stay in the Lone Star State. The Panthers won't be able to migrate down to their southern neighbor's facilities. And two other teams are going to have to stay put in their home grounds instead of traveling to their usual training camp locations.

According to several sources including Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league has mandated a stay-at-home clause -- of sorts -- for summer training camps.

The Cowboys are the most notable team of the bunch, as they typically would have held their training camp in Oxnard, California. Josh Clark of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas notes that the team usually splits their time between Oxnard and The Star in Frisco, Texas, but this new mandate means that Frisco will be the spot for the whole duration of training camp.

The Fan's Cowboys insider, Mike Fisher, notes that this is the NFL decision to effectively shut down summer travel, though there are not yet any decisions made on fan and media access to the camps. How the league will go about scheduling and traveling for preseason games, which occur even further down the road, also remains an unknown.

The Panthers are the only other team that travels out of state for camp, as Jason Huber of WFNZ notes, and that this will be the first time the team will hold camp in North Carolina instead of at Wofford College in South Carolina.

The Bills usually hold training camp a little while down the road from Buffalo at St. John Fisher College, but that won't be the case this year. The same goes for the Steelers, who usually travel outside of their home base and hold camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

While the Bears had held their training camp at Olivet Nazarene University for the past 18 years, 2020 was going to mark the first year in their new state-of-the-art facility at Halas Hall, and so this decision by the league won't have any effect on them.

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