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#1 theProf

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:21 PM

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Atlanta Falcons 101: What is the history of training camp?
July 24, 6:24 PM

For NFL fans, the end of July marks the closing of the longest month of their football-fan lives.

July is widely recognized as the month when teams end OTAs, the majority of the franchise takes vacations, and the media covering the teams put down their pens and close their laptops.

In short, not a lot happens.

But the end of July and the first of August mean training camp begins and the regular NFL season is a short time away.

This season the Atlanta Falcons will begin their 44th training camp. They're also celebrating the five-year anniversary of their full-time return to the team's headquarters in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

In 2005, the franchise permanently moved training camp to its facilities in North Georgia, introducing its players to a training-camp style unlike few in the NFL had seen before. Team owner Arthur Blank's $10 million investment in the facility's upgrade gave the players a more relaxing environment in which to practice during hot August days and brought the team closer to its hometown fans.

"We hope fans will find it easy and convenient to attend our practices, to get to know our players and to enjoy themselves with their family and friends," Blank told the USA Today in 2005.

The five-building upgrade offered accommodations many of the players were used to at home. The four dormitories feature units that house four players each, providing them with a room of their own, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living space. The fifth building includes a cafeteria, a lounge with state-of-the-art amenities, and an outdoor pool.

The renovations made the Falcons' facilities one of the best in the league and served as a model for changes in facilities and camp locations for many teams around the league.

Prior to their permanent move in 2005, the Falcons conducted training camp at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. They originally held camp at the university from 1971-1978 before returning in 1999.

The team's first camp was at a YMCA Camp in Asheville, North Carolina in 1966. During the '66 regular season, the Falcons trained and practiced at their stadium in Atlanta, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

In 1978 the club moved its headquarters and practice facility to Suwanee, Georgia, spending training camps there from 1979-1998.

From 1967 through 1970 the team held camp at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The team's Flowery Branch headquarters is on 50 acres of secluded land in the city of 4,500. It includes a 75,000 square foot, two-story corporate headquarters, a 96,000 square foot, 100-yard indoor practice facility, and three standard-size outdoor practice fields. There is also parking for employees, coaches, players, and media.

The Falcons training camp will run from August 1 to August 14, with select practices open to the public.

In all, 28 practices will be held at the facility before the preseason schedule begins with a road game to Detroit on August 15. (The complete preseason schedule, including practices, can be found here.)

2009 will be the third of four years the Falcons will be sponsored by Russell Athletic, an athletic equipment, clothing, and shoe manufacturer. The sponsorship also designates Russell as the official sponsor of the Falcons.

"The prospect of working with a respected National Football League team like the Atlanta Falcons that also plays in our hometown makes perfect sense for our marketing strategy and will continue to strengthen the Russell Brand," Doug Kelly, President of Russell, told the team in its training camp guide.

http://www.examiner....f-training-camp


Atlanta Falcons 101: When is training camp and is anything else happening?
July 25, 10:43 AM

When Arthur Blank renovated the team complex and moved training camp back to the team's regular season practice facility, he envisioned an interactive fan experience unlike any other.

Over the years, the Falcons have continued to improve that experience and 2009 looks to be the best yet.

Of the 28 training camp practices from August 1 to August 20, 14 will be open and free to the public.

But the experience doesn't end with practice, the team will offer food, beverages, and merchandise for sale and select offensive and defensive players will be available for autographs on a rotating basis. Typically at the end of each practice session, many players will meet the fans for impromptu autograph sessions on the sidelines.

There will also be events in addition to training camp practice to allow the fans to acquaint themselves with the team and its players.

Youth Weekend

The first weekend of training camp has been named "Youth Weekend" and youth under the age of 17 will have the opportunity to win various prizes.

Kids Only Autograph Zone: Both days of practice youth will have the opportunity to get autographs from Falcons Cheerleaders.

Look Like a Pro: Both days of practice kids will be able to try on authentic equipment used and worn by Falcons players.

Show Your Spirit: At the AM practice on August 1, the first 500 young fans that wear their youth football jersey or cheerleading uniform or t-shirt will receive their choice of a mini football or pom pom prior to practice.

Focus with the Falcons: At the PM practice on August 1, kids will have the chance to guess the number of items in a large container for prizes that include autographed memorabilia and the grand prize: two tickets to the home regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Hats Off: At the AM practice on August 2, one hour prior to practice, youth can enter once to win autographed authentic helmets.

Jersey Frenzy: At the PM practice on August 2, one hour prior to practice, kids can enter to win Atlanta Falcons autographed jerseys.

Allstate All-Access Weekend

All-Access Weekend, sponsored by Allstate, will be from August 7-8 and will feature unique events away from the Flowery Branch training camp site.

Falcons Friday Night Lights: One of the more unique events in the NFL, Friday Night Lights combines the high school atmosphere with the talent of the professional players. This year the scrimmage will be held at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia at 7:30 p.m. Head Coach Mike Smith has put a scoring system in place that will allow the defense to earn points in addition to the offense, which will provide a more exciting, game-like atmosphere. Fireworks and a 15-minute autograph session will follow the game. (Directions to Brookwood High School can be found here)

Roam the Dome: At the Georgia Dome, fans will get to experience a gameday experience from the national anthem and player introductions to a coin toss. Following the scrimmage, fans can participate in on-field skills games and drills. Fans will also get to see the 2008 NFL Films Atlanta Falcons Highlight video on the two new video boards at the dome. The scrimmage will begin at 12:30 and parking will be available to the general public in the Georgia Dome Orange Lot. (For information on how to get to the Georgia Dome and parking information, go here.)

Answers to additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the team's website, here.

Directions to the Atlanta Falcons Flowery Branch complex can be found here.

http://www.examiner....g-training-camp

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:39 PM

Daniel Cox
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Atlanta Falcons 101: What is the history of training camp?
July 24, 6:24 PM

For NFL fans, the end of July marks the closing of the longest month of their football-fan lives.

July is widely recognized as the month when teams end OTAs, the majority of the franchise takes vacations, and the media covering the teams put down their pens and close their laptops.

In short, not a lot happens.

But the end of July and the first of August mean training camp begins and the regular NFL season is a short time away.

This season the Atlanta Falcons will begin their 44th training camp. They're also celebrating the five-year anniversary of their full-time return to the team's headquarters in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

In 2005, the franchise permanently moved training camp to its facilities in North Georgia, introducing its players to a training-camp style unlike few in the NFL had seen before. Team owner Arthur Blank's $10 million investment in the facility's upgrade gave the players a more relaxing environment in which to practice during hot August days and brought the team closer to its hometown fans.

"We hope fans will find it easy and convenient to attend our practices, to get to know our players and to enjoy themselves with their family and friends," Blank told the USA Today in 2005.

The five-building upgrade offered accommodations many of the players were used to at home. The four dormitories feature units that house four players each, providing them with a room of their own, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living space. The fifth building includes a cafeteria, a lounge with state-of-the-art amenities, and an outdoor pool.

The renovations made the Falcons' facilities one of the best in the league and served as a model for changes in facilities and camp locations for many teams around the league.

Prior to their permanent move in 2005, the Falcons conducted training camp at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. They originally held camp at the university from 1971-1978 before returning in 1999.

The team's first camp was at a YMCA Camp in Asheville, North Carolina in 1966. During the '66 regular season, the Falcons trained and practiced at their stadium in Atlanta, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

In 1978 the club moved its headquarters and practice facility to Suwanee, Georgia, spending training camps there from 1979-1998.

From 1967 through 1970 the team held camp at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The team's Flowery Branch headquarters is on 50 acres of secluded land in the city of 4,500. It includes a 75,000 square foot, two-story corporate headquarters, a 96,000 square foot, 100-yard indoor practice facility, and three standard-size outdoor practice fields. There is also parking for employees, coaches, players, and media.

The Falcons training camp will run from August 1 to August 14, with select practices open to the public.

In all, 28 practices will be held at the facility before the preseason schedule begins with a road game to Detroit on August 15. (The complete preseason schedule, including practices, can be found here.)

2009 will be the third of four years the Falcons will be sponsored by Russell Athletic, an athletic equipment, clothing, and shoe manufacturer. The sponsorship also designates Russell as the official sponsor of the Falcons.

"The prospect of working with a respected National Football League team like the Atlanta Falcons that also plays in our hometown makes perfect sense for our marketing strategy and will continue to strengthen the Russell Brand," Doug Kelly, President of Russell, told the team in its training camp guide.

http://www.examiner....f-training-camp


Atlanta Falcons 101: When is training camp and is anything else happening?
July 25, 10:43 AM

When Arthur Blank renovated the team complex and moved training camp back to the team's regular season practice facility, he envisioned an interactive fan experience unlike any other.

Over the years, the Falcons have continued to improve that experience and 2009 looks to be the best yet.

Of the 28 training camp practices from August 1 to August 20, 14 will be open and free to the public.

But the experience doesn't end with practice, the team will offer food, beverages, and merchandise for sale and select offensive and defensive players will be available for autographs on a rotating basis. Typically at the end of each practice session, many players will meet the fans for impromptu autograph sessions on the sidelines.

There will also be events in addition to training camp practice to allow the fans to acquaint themselves with the team and its players.

Youth Weekend

The first weekend of training camp has been named "Youth Weekend" and youth under the age of 17 will have the opportunity to win various prizes.

Kids Only Autograph Zone: Both days of practice youth will have the opportunity to get autographs from Falcons Cheerleaders.

Look Like a Pro: Both days of practice kids will be able to try on authentic equipment used and worn by Falcons players.

Show Your Spirit: At the AM practice on August 1, the first 500 young fans that wear their youth football jersey or cheerleading uniform or t-shirt will receive their choice of a mini football or pom pom prior to practice.

Focus with the Falcons: At the PM practice on August 1, kids will have the chance to guess the number of items in a large container for prizes that include autographed memorabilia and the grand prize: two tickets to the home regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Hats Off: At the AM practice on August 2, one hour prior to practice, youth can enter once to win autographed authentic helmets.

Jersey Frenzy: At the PM practice on August 2, one hour prior to practice, kids can enter to win Atlanta Falcons autographed jerseys.

Allstate All-Access Weekend

All-Access Weekend, sponsored by Allstate, will be from August 7-8 and will feature unique events away from the Flowery Branch training camp site.

Falcons Friday Night Lights: One of the more unique events in the NFL, Friday Night Lights combines the high school atmosphere with the talent of the professional players. This year the scrimmage will be held at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia at 7:30 p.m. Head Coach Mike Smith has put a scoring system in place that will allow the defense to earn points in addition to the offense, which will provide a more exciting, game-like atmosphere. Fireworks and a 15-minute autograph session will follow the game. (Directions to Brookwood High School can be found here)

Roam the Dome: At the Georgia Dome, fans will get to experience a gameday experience from the national anthem and player introductions to a coin toss. Following the scrimmage, fans can participate in on-field skills games and drills. Fans will also get to see the 2008 NFL Films Atlanta Falcons Highlight video on the two new video boards at the dome. The scrimmage will begin at 12:30 and parking will be available to the general public in the Georgia Dome Orange Lot. (For information on how to get to the Georgia Dome and parking information, go here.)

Answers to additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the team's website, here.

Directions to the Atlanta Falcons Flowery Branch complex can be found here.

http://www.examiner....g-training-camp



Thats how alot of my older familly members became fans...first Practice was held here in Asheville,NC

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:40 PM

Thanks, prof! Great article. I'm "hungry" for the season to start but it's hard to be "humble" when you're a Falcons fan!

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:59 PM

Bring on training camp. I'm ready. B)

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 05:37 PM

Bring on training camp. I'm ready. B)

Absolutely! July is the worst month of all for football fans. Can't wait for August and the start of training camp to finally get here.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 09:04 PM

Good read.