2011 Patriots training camp

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Directions


From Boston and farther north:
Take I-95 South to Exit 9. Follow Rte. 1 south approximately 3 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the left).

From Cape Cod:
I-495 North to Exit 14A. Follow Rte. 1 north about 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

From southern Connecticut, Rhode Island:
Take I-95 North to I-495 North to Exit 14A. Follow Rte. 1 north about 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

From northern Connecticut, Vermont, upstate New York:
I-90 East to I-495 South to Exit 14A. Follow Rte. 1 north about 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

Camp overview


The New England Patriots will open their 52d annual training camp on Thursday, July 28, with practices scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

Practices are open to the public on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, although the full training camp schedule is not yet available.

The practice schedule through out training camp is tentative and subject to change. Fans planning to attend practice are encouraged to check Patriots.com for daily updates or call the training camp hotline at (508) 549-0001.

Parking and admission are free.

Prohibited Items


To ensure that all fans have a safe and enjoyable visit to Gillette Stadium for Patriots Training Camp, the following items are prohibited:
  • Video Cameras
  • Flags will be allowed (no more than 2 feet in length)
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons of any kind (including knives)
  • Illegal drugs or any other illegal substance
  • Coolers
  • Fireworks or pyrotechnics
  • Animals, except service animals assisting those with disabilities
  • Noise makers
  • Bullhorns and air horns
  • Helium balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Laser pens
  • Any other item deemed inappropriate by stadium management
No prohibited items will be accepted at training camp for safekeeping. Fans are reminded to please leave all such items secured in their vehicles. Individuals with possession of a prohibited item(s) may be denied admission to training camp, ejected, arrested and prosecuted. Prohibited items that are discovered at training camp will be confiscated.

Concessions


Popcorn, hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, pizza, frozen lemonade, ice cream and cold beverages will be available for purchase at training camp. Stands will be positioned at various locations, including Patriots Experience and the practice fields.

Patriots 2011 season information

NFL calendar


2011
August 30: Roster cutdown from 90 to 75 players
Sept. 3: Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players
Sept. 8-12: Opening games of 2011 season
Sept. 20: Deadline to sign franchise players to multiyear contract or extension TBA: Trading deadline
2012
January 7-8: Wild Card Playoffs
January 14-15: Divisional Playoffs
January 21-22: Conference Championships
February 5: Super Bowl, Indianapolis
April: NFL Draft, New York City

Practice times


Thursday, July 28
Morning: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Afternoon 3:30-5:30 p.m. (both sessions are unpadded practices)
Friday, July 29
Morning: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Afternoon 3:30-5:30 p.m. (both sessions are unpadded practices)

Rain Policy


When the Patriots are forced to practice indoors due to inclement weather or poor field conditions, practices will be closed to the public. Fans should visit Patriots.com or call the training camp hotline at 508-549-0001 prior to every practice for up-to-the minute changes in the daily practice schedule.

Pro Shop


The Patriots Pro Shop will be open daily on all days that the public has access to practice. The Pro Shop is located on the northeast corner of the stadium below The Hall at Patriots Place. Fans may access the Pro Shop by car or by the staircase on the north side of the stadium. Times will vary depending on the daily practice schedule, opening at least 45 minutes before and closing at least 45 minutes after each practice session. Call (888) 662-PATS for exact daily hours.

Patriot Place


Patriot Place features a wide variety of shopping experiences offering everything from major fashion retailers and unique shops, to the first Bass Pro Shops in New England. There is something for everyone at Patriot Place. Restaurants include: CBS Scene, Bar Louie, FIve Guys Burgers, Davio's, Red Robin, Skipjack's, and much more.

Patriots Experience


Besides watching practice, fans attending training camp can enjoy other types of family entertainment, including Patriots Experience. Patriots Experience is an interactive football-themed playground, features interactive games allowing fans to test their kicking, passing and tackling skills on a variety of obstacle courses and similar challenges. Fans can also enjoy games, music, face painting and appearances by the Patriots Cheerleaders. The theme park is located adjacent to the West Suite/Clubhouse lot along the route from the public parking lots to the practice fields.

All fans participating in Patriots Experience must sign a waiver form, available at training camp or online at Patriots.com. You can also check the Patriots' website for a daily schedule.