The Jaguars announced their 2003 training camp schedule today. Camp will begin on Friday, July 25, when all 86 players on the team's roster are expected to report. The first practice session will take place on Saturday, July 26, at 8:45 a.m. on the new practice fields (former site of Wolfson Park) northwest of Alltel Stadium.
Training camp will be open to the public for viewing practice sessions from July 26 through Aug. 20. There will be no admission charge for training camp and parking will be available in the parking lots surrounding the stadium.
The schedule throughout training camp is subject to change, but currently is as follows:
Fri., July 25, players report; Sat., July 26, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sun., July 27; practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Mon., July 28, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Tue., July 29; practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Wed., July 30, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Thur., July 31, practices at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Fri., Aug. 1, practice at 9 a.m. and scrimmage at 7:30 p.m., followed by 30-minute autograph session.
Sat., Aug. 2, mock game at 10 a.m., followed by 30-minute autograph session; Sun., Aug. 3, no practice; Mon., Aug. 4, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 5, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Wed., Aug. 6, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Thur., Aug. 7, practices at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Fri., Aug. 8, practice at 9 a.m.; Sat., Aug. 9, Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings, 8 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 10; no practice; Mon., Aug. 11, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Tue., Aug. 12, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 13, practices at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Thur., Aug. 14, practice at 9 a.m.; Fri., Aug. 15, Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins at Alltel Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 16, no practice; Sun., Aug. 17, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only).; Mon., Aug. 18, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 19, practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. (special teams only); Wed., Aug. 20, practice at 8:45 a.m.
The first mandatory roster reduction will be on Tue., Aug. 26, when all NFL teams must reduce their roster to 65 players. The final roster cuts will be on Sun., Aug. 31, when each team must reduce to 53 active players. Until the mandatory roster cuts, the NFL roster limit for each team is 80 players under contract. Roster exemptions are granted for players who participated in the 2003 NFL Europe League season. The NFL Europe roster exemptions expire on the Aug. 26 cut to 65.
Beginning on Mon., July 22, fans may call the Jaguars Fans Training Camp Hotline for a recorded message that will provide the daily practice schedule. The phone number is (904) 633-6525. The message will be updated daily — and as changes are made to the practice schedule — beginning July 25 through the end of training camp on Aug. 20.
Bleacher seating, which will accommodate approximately 2,250 people, will be provided inside the fence at the new practice fields. Restroom facilities and concession stands will also be provided. Concession stands will include food and beverages as well as Jaguars merchandise, including training-camp-specific T-shirts and caps. The Jaguars' 2003 Media Guide will also be available for $10, as well as subscriptions for Jaguars Inside Report, the team's official newspaper.
Fans should park in the Lots M and N on the west side of the stadium. For fans attending practice sessions, video cameras are prohibited, as well as horns, whistles and other noisemakers. Still cameras are allowed.
Fans wishing to get autographs are asked to do so after each practice session, outside the practice field fence as the players return to the locker room. Because of the full schedule during training camp, it is not possible to schedule autograph or photo sessions other than those scheduled for Aug. 1 and 2 following the scrimmage and mock game. Groups wishing to visit training camp do not need to make special arrangements; they may watch practice from the bleachers.