GRIDIRON AUDIBLES by Christian A. Guarino
GRIDIRON AUDIBLES, a column by Christian A. Guarino

On Monday, the New England Patriots publicized dates for the opening week of next months training camp, which will once again be held on the fields adjacent to Gillette Stadium. Camp will kickoff when veterans report on Wednesday, July 29th followed by the first practices, which will be open to the general public on July 30th. The team has designated open practices through August 2nd, however additional dates and official times will be forthcoming. The Patriots will hold a special joint squad practice with the New Orleans Saints at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The teams will later meet in a preseason matchup in New Orleans. The joint practices will be held on Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20.

The Patriots will kickoff their pre-season on Thursday, August 13th at Gillette Stadium versus the Green Bay Packers. Last season, the Packers gave the Patriots one of their toughest tests on their road to a championship, coming away with a 26-21 win at historic Lambeau Field. The two teams nearly met again in Super Bowl XLIX, however the Packers failed to hold off a late Seahawk comeback in the NFC Championship game.

FullSizeRenderImportant Training Camp/Pre-Season dates (courtesy of Patriots.com)
Practices from July 29-Aug. 2 are expected to be in the morning. Times are to be determined.

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Wed., July 29
Patriots veterans report to training camp.

Thurs., July 30
Time TBD – Patriots 2015 Training Camp presented by Optum officially opens with first public practice.

Fri., July 31
Time TBD – Patriots 2015 Training Camp practice presented by Optum

Sat., Aug. 1
Time TBD – Patriots 2015 Training Camp practice presented by Optum

Sun., Aug. 2
Time TBD – Patriots 2015 Training Camp practice presented by Optum

Practice dates and times for the week of Aug. 3 and beyond still to be determined (check Patriots.com for daily updates).

Wed., Aug. 5
5 p.m. –  Patriots 2015 Hall of Fame Induction of Houston Antwine and Willie McGinest
7 p.m. – Patriots in-stadium practice for Season Ticket Members and Foxborough residents (Gillette Stadium)

Thurs., Aug. 13
7:30 p.m. – New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

Wed., Aug. 19-Thurs., Aug. 20
Patriots at New Orleans Saints training camp for joint practices.

Sat, Aug. 22
7:30 p.m. – New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints

Fri., Aug. 28
7:30 p.m. – New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers

Thurs., Sept. 3
7:30 p.m. – New England Patriots vs. N.Y. Giants

More information on training camp or contact the Patriots training camp hotline (508) 549-0001.

Christian A. Guarino, a Boston North End resident, writes about football and soccer for the Boston Post Gazette.

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