TAMPA — The Bucs will add a wrinkle to this year’s training camp schedule, beginning most practices in the late afternoon at 4 p.m. to avoid working outside during the hottest part of the summer day.
The team announced its dates and times for training camp, which will be held at the AdventHealth Training Center. Players will report on July 25, the first practice will be July 26 and the first practice with pads is July 28.
The Bucs will also hold 11 open practices, including two joint practices with the Miami Dolphins on Aug 13-14. Both of those practices will begin at 10 a.m.
New Bucs coach Bruce Arians said last week that he planned to adjust practice times in accordance to a number of different kickoff times this season, includin three at 4 p.m. in the first four weeks of the season.
Most practices will be held outside on the facility’s two outdoor practice fields, with covered bleachers available for the fans. The team will utilize the indoor practice facility during bad weather.
A digital ticket, which will be available free on Buccaneers.com, will be required to attend training camp practices. Gates will open 30 minutes before practice begins and parking lots will open 1 1/2 hours before kickoff.
Here is the open practice schedule:
Friday, July 26 (4 p.m. start)
Saturday, July 27 (4 p.m.)
Sunday, July 28 (4 p.m.)
Monday, July 29 (4 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 30 (4 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 6 (4 p.m.)^
Wednesday, Aug. 7 (4 p.m.)
Monday, Aug. 12 (4 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (10 a.m.)*
Wednesday, Aug. 14 (10 a.m.)*
^Annual practice hosting Special Olympics Athletes
*Joint practices with the Miami Dolphins
On Aug. 6, the team will host its annual Special Olympics Day at camp, where players and Special Olympics athletes will interact after practice.
There will be four other practices that will be open to select groups: Women of Red (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), Krewe Member Day (Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.), Military Day (Aug. 5, 8 a.m.), Krewe Member Day (Aug. 11, 4 p.m.)
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