<strong>July 22, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/pr_headline_detail.cfm?press_release_key=514">Chargers.com</a>
The opening day for the first-ever training camp at Chargers Park for the AFC West Champion San Diego Chargers is Friday, July 29 when the full squad hits the field for practices at 8:00 am and 3:20 pm.
Chargers Park will be a festive place for fans of all ages. Bleacher seating has been provided for outstanding views of the entire practice field. There will be visits from the Charger Girls and former players, interactive games for the kids and opportunities for fans to get autographs and take pictures of their favorite players.
Parking around Chargers Park is extremely limited. On week days, fans are urged to park at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C and ride the shuttle to Chargers Park. On weekends, parking is available on Murphy Canyon Rd. and at the business center located on Murphy Canyon Rd. just south of Chargers Park. On weekends, there is no shuttle service from Qualcomm Stadium.
Concession stands will be open at every practice, offering plenty of your favorite food and beverage items along with the latest Chargers shirts, hats, jerseys and much, much more.
The team has several special events planned. On Saturday, July 30, the team's 8:00 a.m. practice will conclude with the exciting "Oklahoma Drill." It's an opportunity for fans to get up-close to the action as players compete in a one-on-one full-contact tackling drill.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Wednesday, Aug. 17, the players will night practices at Chargers Park. The gates will open at 6:30 followed an autograph opportunity for fans 14 and under. At these special night practices, kids will enjoy temporary tattoo artists, balloon artists, interactive games and much more.
Saturday, Aug. 6 will be a big day for Chargers fans. FanFest 2005, presented by Budweiser, returns to Qualcomm Stadium. Players will be signing autographs for fans 14 and under beginning at 1:00 pm and the team will practice from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The 2005 Charger Girls will have their first public performance. Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of free activities.
Fans should dress for summer comfort, including a hat and sunscreen. They may bring in their own beach chairs, coolers, snacks, soft drinks and water. Alcoholic beverages, video cameras, pets and weapons of any kind are not permitted. Alcoholic beverages, video cameras, pets and weapons of any kind are NOT PERMITTED.
NOTE: Practice times are subject to change. Go to the Training Camp Practice Schedule on Chargers.com or contact the public relations department at (858) 874-4500 to confirm practice times.
Training Camp History
Chargers Park is the ninth training camp site in the 45-year history of the San Diego Chargers. The team held its initial training camp in 1960 at Chapman College in Orange, California, before moving to the University of San Diego from 1961-62. In 1963, the team trained at Rough Acres Ranch in Boulevard, Calif., located in the rugged hills east of San Diego. The Chargers also trained in Escondido (1964-68), the University of California-Irvine (1969-1973), United States International University (1974-75), the University of California-San Diego (1976-2002) and the Home Depot Center in Carson, California (2003-04). Previous Training Camp sites:
* The Home Depot Center, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson. (2003-04)
* University of California-San Diego, La Jolla (1976-2002)
* United States International University, San Diego (1974-75)
* University of California-Irvine, Irvine (1969-1973)
* TraveLodge, Escondido (1964-68)
* Rough Acres Ranch, Boulevard (1963)
* University of San Diego (1961-62)
* Chapman College, Orange (1960)