The NFL today officially announced the dates and locations for each team’s training camp this year, and of course, the Indianapolis Colts will be staying home for the first time in their history.
The Colts will hold camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, which is their team headquarters. The veterans will report on Saturday, July 29, with the rookies arriving a few days earlier on Monday, July 24. Typically, the first practice will take place the day after veterans report, which would put the Colts’ first practice as taking place on Sunday, July 30.
The interesting thing about that is that it means that fans would have the chance to see their very first practice of training camp. Though the team will only allow fans to view two practices this year, one of those is on July 30. That practice will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and will take place from 2:15-4:15, with warmups beginning at 1:45.
Regardless of whether that’s the team’s first or second practice, they won’t be able to be in pads at that point. The CBA mandates that teams can’t hold padded practices until the third practice of training camp, so if fans want to watch a padded practice their only hope would be on Saturday, August 5 at Warren Central High School. That practice will be in the evening, from 6-8, with warmups beginning at 5:30.
More details on both open practices can be found here.
The Colts will be starting camp the latest of any team in the NFL, though the Chargers, Lions, and Seahawks will all also report on that same day. There’s a very good reason for that, however: teams are allowed to begin camp 15 days before their preseason opener, and those four teams will be playing on Sunday in week one for their opener - whereas all of the other teams are playing anywhere from Wednesday through Saturday.
In advance of their preseason opener against Detroit, the Colts will hold joint practices with the Lions on Thursday, August 10, and Friday, August 11. Those practices will be held at the Colts’ complex but will be closed to the public, just like most of camp.