GREEN BAY, Wis. – No more night practices and fewer practices overall. That's what the Green Bay Packers' training camp schedule, which was released on Friday, revealed.
Gone are the practices under the lights that went well into the dark summer nights.
The closest thing this year will be one evening practicing, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, which is two days after the annual Family Night event (a regular practice this year instead of a scrimmage).
In all, there are just 17 practices opened to the public, two fewer than last season and three less than the summers of 2011 and 2012.
Those who want to see the first practice of camp will have to get up early. The Packers will hit Ray Nitschke Field at 8:20 a.m. on July 26, one day after the players report and take their physicals.
The first six practices of camp will start at 8:20 a.m.
Here's a look at the first week's practice schedule, leading up to Family Night:
Saturday, July 26: 8:20 a.m.
Sunday, July 27: 8:20 a.m.
Monday, July 28: 8:20 a.m.
Tuesday, July 29: No practice
Wednesday, July 30: 8:20 a.m.
Thursday, July 31: 8:20 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 1: 8:20 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2: Family Night, 6:25 p.m.
For the full schedule, click here.
Also of note this year is the fact that coach Mike McCarthy has scheduled four practices that will be closed to the public -- Aug. 8, 11, 15 and 24. McCarthy may use those sessions to work on things that he does not want anyone to see before the season opener at Seattle on Sept. 4.
McCarthy also has not designated yet which practices will be held in pads.