The New England Pats will open their 2017 training camp on the east coast on Thursday, August 14, with an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tom Brady, who was selected to start the season as the team’s starting quarterback, will be the first Patriots player to open camp at his home stadium, Garvan Woods, in New Haven, Connecticut, for the first time since the team returned to practice in September.
The Patriots will also open preseason practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Thursday evening and then move to Gillette’s stadium, Foxborough’s Commonwealth Stadium, for preseason games at Gilley Field in suburban New Jersey on August 15 and 16.
The practice field at Gilroy Stadium in Gillette, New York, is the only stadium in the NFL to offer its team-specific facilities for the duration of the season, and the Patriots have used it extensively in recent years, with the team playing two preseason games there in 2016.
The preseason will begin at 10 a.m.
ET on Thursday.
Patriots players and coaches will be on hand to take part in the preseason program, which will feature a variety of team activities including strength and conditioning, the team-based team event, and team visits to various areas of the country.
There will be no outdoor practices, but fans can look forward to a variety, including the NFL game between the Washington Redskins and New England in the Gillette stadium on Sunday, August 23, a two-day practice session for the visiting New England Jets on Wednesday, August 26, and a preseason exhibition game between Denver and New York on Thursday and Friday.
The preseason exhibition games will be played at Gilberts Stadium in New York City.
Patriots training camp will mark the first of five preseason games for the team, which opened preseason camp in 2017 and is scheduled to play its first preseason game in August, but the team has been unable to make any progress in the field of vision tests.
The Patriots had been preparing for the season at their practice facility in Gilberthorpe, Massachusetts and in Foxboro on Thursday for the preseason opener.
The NFL has given the Patriots the green light to move their practices to Gilroy, which would open up a new opportunity for fans to experience the experience on a larger scale, as the Patriots will be in Foxstown for at least four preseason games in the 2017 season.