It's hard to believe, but August is already here, which means fall is right around the corner. Thought I'll be sad to say goodbye to summer, the shortening days do bring advantages, like fall football!
The NFL football season has already begun at training camps, where clubs start forming the group of players that will carry them through the 2009 season. Held across the country, these camps are great, inexpensive activities that your event attendees can enjoy as either a corporate bonding trip or a break in a multi-day conference schedule. Check out some of the top camps and their respective hotel deals:
Washington Redskins Training Camp
Located at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia (about 45 minutes outside of Washington, DC), the redskins Training Camp has open practices August 4-6, starting at 8:30 AM. These practices last between 90 minutes and two hours, and fans are encouraged to arrive early (gates open about one hour before practice begins.) Saturday, August 8, is Fan Appreciation Day. Intra-squad Scrimmage Individual drills start at 1:20 PM and Scrimmage begins at 2 PM.
The Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North is the official hotel of the Redskins Training Camp. Guests can book exclusive hotel packages that include VIP passes.
Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
Offering several dates throughout the end of July and August, the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp is coming to San Antonio's popular venue the Alamodome. Each year over 150,000 fans visit the Cowboys camp, where cheerleaders and former players are on hand for autographs and fans can enjoy interactive games and giveaways. Camp is open daily August 4-19 with the exception of August 13 and August 14. Schedules vary based on day.
For guests in need of a San Antonio hotel during their camp visit, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is the official team hotel. An exclusive package for camp guests is available that includes an official Dallas Cowboys souvenir, two reserved premier seats in the front three rows for the following day of practice, and breakfast for two in Achiote, the hotel's on-site restaurant.
Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp
Held at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took home the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl XLIII. Open to the public until August 20, practices are held at 2:55 PM, with the campus opening to guests at 1:30 PM. The Steelers Experience, complete with a 40-yard dash, mock locker room, and face painting, runs from 1:30 to 6 PM when there is an afternoon practice. Fans can also catch a Steelers vs. Cardinals game August 13 at 8 PM.
Hotels within the Latrobe area include the Wingate Inn, Four Points by Sheraton Greensburg, and Mountain View Hotel & Conference Center.