Training Camp schedule posted

Mike Clemens
June 18, 2019 - 8:22 pm

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Green Bay, WI - The Packers have released their 2019 Training Camp schedule. 

Head coach Matt LaFleur has scheduled 20 team practices.

16 will be open to fans. 

The final four practices, leading up to the last preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be closed to the public. 

13 of the 16 sessions will be held at 10:15am. 

Two joint practices against the visiting Houston Texans the week of August 5th have not been scheduled yet. 

Will there be any night practices? 

"Well, there's Family Night," LaFleur said with a smile, referring to the team's practice held inside Lambeau Field, this year on Friday night, August 2nd, at 7:30pm, not on Saturday night as in years past.

When former head coach Mike McCarthy arrived in Green Bay in 2006, he shifted several training camp practices to evenings at 7pm. During his time as the offensive coordinator of the Saints, the New Orleans team escaped the southern heat by holding a number of training camp practices in the evening. McCarthy said players seemed to enjoy practicing and playing under the lights, and the sessions drew more fans and families after their work day, adding to the atmosphere. 

McCarthy had dozens of large generators brought in driving lights alongside the Clark Hinkle practice field during his first Packers training camp. 

When the team opened the new Ray Nitschke practice field in 2009, it featured seating for up to 1,500 fans, 170 yards of practice field, and invested millions of dollars in permanent lighting. But then the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement was signed, limiting the amount of padded practices and contact during training camp, and McCarthy shifted all of the practices to daytime sessions to keep the players on a more regular schedule, even though the preseason games are all at night.

LaFleur was conservative this spring, only allowing fans to view just three of the OTA practices, none of the Mini Camp sessions. 

"I've got to be honest," said LaFleur when asked why. "This is the first place I've been where OTA's have been open to the public. So I guess we'll have to look into that."

The Packers first training camp practice is Thursday, July 25th, 10:15am, open to the public. CLICK HERE for FULL SCHEDULE