The Green Bay Packers announced Friday the schedule for 2016 Packers Training Camp, presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.
With a theme of "Back to Football," training camp kicks off with an 8:15 a.m. practice on Tuesday, July 26. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:15 a.m. are also scheduled for July 27, 28 and 30.
The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Sunday, July 31. The following week, the team will have three open practices at Nitschke Field, all starting in the evening at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 1, 3 and 4, prior to the preseason opener against Indianapolis in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7.
Following the preseason contest against the Colts, Green Bay will hold two open practices (6:15 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 10) before the preseason home opener vs. Cleveland on Aug. 12. The Packers will have two open practices, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 15, leading into the preseason game vs. Oakland at Lambeau Field on Aug. 18.
The team will finish training camp with two open practices (12:15 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 23) prior to traveling to play San Francisco on Aug. 26, and two open practices (12:15 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 30) before the preseason finale at Kansas City on Sept. 1.
Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.
The annual Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, is scheduled for Sunday evening, July 31, at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster-care adoption program. For the third consecutive year, the format will be a full practice to accomplish the team’s preparation goals for the regular season. The event will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature full contact. The evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with the Copps-Pick 'n' Save Fireworks Show.
Green Bay opens the preseason with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 7. The team’s two home preseason games, presented by Bellin Health and Cenex, are slated for Aug. 12, vs. Cleveland, and Aug. 18, vs. Oakland. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at San Francisco, Aug. 26, and at Kansas City, Sept. 1.
Important dates on the preseason calendar include:
- Friday, July 22 – Packers 1K Kids Run, Presented by Humana, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, July 23 – Packers 5K Run/Walk, Presented by Bellin Health at Lambeau Field, 8 a.m.
- Monday, July 25 – Players report
- Monday, July 25 – Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s season-opening press conference, 10 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 26 – First practice, 8:15 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field
- Sunday, July 31 – Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, Lambeau Field
- Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Last practice open to public, 11:45 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field
According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, will attract approximately 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic total impact estimated at approximately $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.
This marks Green Bay's 71st training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids' bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, a tradition that now includes five special bikes as part of the American Family Insurance DreamDrive. The team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league's longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.
For the most up-to-date information on the many activities throughout training camp, fans are encouraged to visit the team's website.