The New England Patriots will open their annual training camp presented by Optum on Wed., July 26, when players report. The first scheduled practice will be on Thurs., July 27 in the 9 o'clock hour, on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. The daily practice schedule throughout training camp is tentative and subject to change. Fans planning to attend practice are encouraged to check www.patriots.com/trainingcamp for last-minute updates or call the training camp hotline at 508-549-0001. Parking, admission to practices, admission to Fan Walk and Play Football area and rosters are all free.
Gillette Stadium offers ample parking for the thousands of fans who attend training camp practices and enjoy the family-oriented entertainment. Bleacher seating, located on the west sideline of the practice fields, will provide seating for thousands of fans with overflow seating for thousands more on a hillside in the north end zone.
FAN WALK AND PLAY FOOTBALL AREA
Besides watching the team practice, we hope you explore all the fun-filled activities, games and photo opportunities along the Fan Walk and Play Football area. Be sure to keep an eye out for appearances by Pat Patriot, the Patriots Cheerleaders and Patriots Alumni. Please note all activities will stay open after practice concludes for one (1) hour. Please go to www.patriots.com/trainingcamp for updates throughout camp.
JOINT PRACTICES WITH JAGUARS AND TEXANS
The 2017 season marks the sixth straight year that the Patriots will hold joint practice sessions when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Mon., Aug., 7 and Tues., Aug. 8, prior to the preseason-opener on Thu., Aug, 10. The Patriots will also travel to West Virginia, the site of the Texans training camp, for joint sessions on Tues., Aug. 15 and Wed., Aug. 16 prior to traveling to Houston for their second preseason matchup. Those practice sessions will be open to the public.
Last season, the Patriots hosted joint sessions with New Orleans and Chicago prior to their respective preseason matchups.
In 2015, the Patriots traveled to West Virginia, the site of the Saints training camp, for joint sessions prior to traveling to New Orleans for the preseason opener.
In 2014, the Patriots held joint sessions with two different teams. The Patriots conducted joint sessions at Washington and at home against Philadelphia.
In 2013, the Patriots traveled to Philadelphia for joint practice sessions and then hosted Tampa Bay in joint sessions. In 2012, the Patriots held joint practice sessions with New Orleans prior to the first preseason game of the year and then traveled to the Buccaneers' headquarters for two joint practices prior to their preseason matchup that year.
PATRIOTS 2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
The New England Patriots will host the team's 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Raymond Clayborn on Sat, July. 29, 2017, on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The event will coincide with the conclusion of the team's practice session that morning.
ROSTER REDUCTION DATE
The NFL roster limit during training camp is 90 players. New in 2017, teams are only obligated to make one roster cut-down, eliminating the previous cutdown to 75 players, following their final preseason game. On Sat., Sept. 2, rosters must be reduced to the regular-season limit of 53 players.