The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't taking the easy way out when it comes to training camp.
They're going to take on the Florida heat and afternoon thunderstorms head-on. The Bucs have released their camp schedule. It includes 12 days that will be open to the general public.
The first session will be July 25 at 4:30 p.m. and all practices are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.
“The excitement surrounding our upcoming season has been building for months around the Tampa Bay area and we are thrilled to announce an even greater number of opportunities for our fans to come out to One Buccaneer Place to see our team prepare for what promises to be a great season,” Buccaneers chief operating officer Brian Ford said. “This year, more than half of the 12 open practices will be conducted in the late afternoon and early evening hours, allowing for cooler temperatures and a more convenient post-work viewing window for our fans.”
I hope Ford's right about the cooler temperatures, but I'm not sure that will happen. The Bucs' camp setup has tents to provide shade for the fans (and media). But the players are going to be dealing with some serious heat.
Some past Tampa Bay coaches (notably Ray Perkins) have tried practicing at the hottest of times. That hasn't paid off when the regular season rolls around. Perkins, who sometimes practiced three times a day, used to wear his team out in training camp.