Where do the Texans Rank in NFL Training Camps?
With the near disaster that took place on the Houston Texans’ website at 8 a.m. Wednesday, fans were in an uproar when it came to trying to get their FREE training camp tickets. Fans were tweeting about the issues that ensued with waiting in a virtual line for their tickets, and plenty came out empty-handed. With some miracle, later in the day the Texans website reopened some of the “SOLD OUT” dates and fans were able to get their tickets.
No real clue what the Texans were doing with the ticket situation. It almost felt like they were releasing them in stages so everyone had a fair shot to get the tickets. Also, for the first time one of the practice day’s tickets has to be picked up at a local Academy. Plenty of changes and frustrations for fans, including me, but everything seemed to turn out well by day’s end.
Then it got me to thinking on how the Texans stack up against the rest of the NFL when it comes to training camp. If you have been to Houston for training camp, the Texas heat is harsh on fans and the concrete practice facility bakes anyone near it. The Texans have 6 open practices to the public and that is one of the lowest amount of open practices in the NFL. As fan friendly as the Texans seem to be, there are plenty of NFL teams who have double digit practices.
The only real reason I think the Texans have such a small amount of open practices is the heat during the day and, most of all, the tight lid the Texans like to keep on the franchise. Take a look where the Texans training camp matches up with others around the NFL.
See what you think?
Miami Dolphins- 15 open to the public
Buffalo Bills- 15 open to the public
New England Patriots- 4 days, with future dates to be announced with the New Orleans Saints
New York Jets- 14 open to the public
Baltimore Ravens- 2 open practices, $10 parking
Cincinnati Bengals- 16 open practices, $10 parking
Cleveland Browns- 16 open practices
Pittsburgh Steelers- 16 open practices
Indianapolis Colts- 15 open practices, Colts City open: 12:50-5:00 p.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars- 8 open practices
Tennessee Titans- 12 open practices
Denver Broncos- 18 open practices
San Diego Chargers- 10 open practices, able to bring in own food and drinks to stadium
Oakland Raiders- not released.
Kansas City Chiefs- 15 open practices, $5 admission fee
New York Giants- 14 open practices
Philadelphia Eagles- 18 open practices
Washington Redskins- 13 open practices
Chicago Bears- 9 open practices, First 1,000 fans get a free gift from the Bears
Detroit Lions- 1 practice paired with Country Music singer Randy Houser “Coach’s Kickoff”
Green Bay Packers- 21 open practices
Minnesota Vikings- 15 open practices, With Alumni Day (Vikings’ great come back to be with fans)
Atlanta Falcons- 13 open practices, $1.00 menu for fans
Carolina Panthers- 15 open practices, T-Shirt Tuesdays, Family Fun Days, Kids can watch practice on the field.
New Orleans Saints- 14 open practices
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 9 open practices
Arizona Cardinals- 14 open practices
St. Louis Rams- 16 open practices
San Francisco 49ers- 1 open practice due to stadium construction, “Fan Fest”
Seattle Seahawks- 13 open practices, $6 transportation fee per person to field
Do the Texans need to open up more practices to the public?
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