San Diego Chargers Training Camp opens Thursday

San Diego, California - The start of the 2013 NFL season is just days away as the San Diego Chargers and new head coach Mike McCoy will welcome fans to training camp, starting with a free public practice at Chargers Park for Opening Day on Thursday, July 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Thursday marks the first of four straight days of training camp practices that will be open to the public. Due to the lack of available parking around Chargers Park on weekdays, the Chargers are urging fans to park at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium and take a free shuttle for practices only on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 (3-5 p.m.). On Thursday, shuttles will run continuously from the stadium to Chargers Park and back from 8:15-12:30 p.m. and on Friday from 1:45-6:00 p.m.

Parking and admission to all training camp practices at Chargers Park are FREE.

The dates for training camp practices open to the public include:

  • Thursday, July 25 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Friday, July 26 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 27 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 28 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Aug. 1 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, Aug. 5 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10 (9:30-11:30)
  • Monday, Aug. 12 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)

The team will also hold its annual FanFest, presented by Bud Light, on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Qualcomm Stadium from 10:55-12:50 p.m. along with two practices at Chargers Park that will be open exclusively for invited season ticket holders only on Wednesday, July 31 (3-5 p.m.) and Friday, Aug. 2 (3-5 p.m.).

Gates to Chargers Park will open one hour before the start of each practice session. Shuttle service will only be available for training camp practices on July 25 and 26. For the balance of training camp, parking will be available on Murphy Canyon Road for weekday practices. For weekend practices, fans will be allowed to park on Murphy Canyon Road as well as in the Kearny Mesa Business Center, located just south of Chargers Park.

There will be plenty for fans to do at Training Camp. The Chargers Team Store will have a mobile location selling all the latest merchandise and apparel, and representatives from the team’s Ticket Office will be on hand selling season, single-game and mini-season ticket packages. The Charger Girls and a handful of former Chargers players will also make special appearances during training camp practices.

Bleacher seating will be available, however fans are welcome to bring folding chairs to sit on the pavement surrounding the practice fields. Fans can bring their own food, water and soft drinks, however cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the property at Chargers Park at any time. For those wishing to purchase food or beverage, there will be hot and cold food, snacks, bottled water and soft drinks available for purchase.

Fans are welcome to bring personal cameras to training camp, however video cameras and long-lens cameras are not allowed. Other items not permitted at Chargers Park during Training Camp include: pets (other than service dogs), weapons, chains, stun guns, mace & peppers spray, water guns,  fireworks, frisbees, sports balls, beach balls or other inflatable objects, laser pointers, flammable objects, musical instruments or noise making devices.

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