Eagles to host just 1 public practice this summer — for a price

Rachel Kurland
June 18, 2019 - 11:39 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Eagles fans will only have one chance to see the Birds practice before the season starts — and this year, it will cost you.

The Eagles are cutting its public practices from two to one, and the team will now charge admission.

The first full day of training camp begins on July 25, and the bulk of practices at the NovaCare Complex will only be open to season ticket holders, charities and corporate partners.

Fans can attend one public practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 4. Previously free, the Eagles will now charge $10 a ticket. 

All the money raised will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, which funds autism research — a cause the Eagles have been dedicated to for years.

According to ESPN, only two teams in the NFL do not offer free, public practice sessions: the Eagles and the Seahawks.

But many NFL teams, like the Eagles, have been disconnecting training camp from their fan base for years. 

In 2013, the Eagles moved their operation from Lehigh University to the smaller NovaCare Complex in South Philly. At Lehigh, nearly 20 practices were open to the public every summer. That number fell to five after the move, and it's now down to one.

Tickets are on sale now, and seats are determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

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KYW Newsradio's Paul Kurtz contributed to this report.