The Colonial Column: UFL Training Camp Open to Public

Connecticut Sports Law is pleased to announce its new blog series “The Colonial Column,” which will cover the inaugural season of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials.  Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Colonials by Dan Fitzgerald and Dan Canavan, including  game-day updates and observations.   

By Dan Canavan

Tommorow, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL)  will open their first training camp at Sage Park in Berlin.  Starting on Wednesday, August 18, the Colonials will run full-squad practices twice daily as players work out in the morning and afternoon.  All practices are open to the public with free admission.  Twice-a-day practices during camp will normally be at 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.  

As fans of the New England Patriots may be aware, open training camps present an outstanding value to fans.  There is no better opportunity to see players and coaches up close, get autographs and experience professional football from the sidelines - and the Colonials will surely appreciate the support.

“We had a very good turnout at our mini camp in June. Training camp will be a little more intense and physical once the players get in pads,” Coach Chris Palmer recently said. “It will be exciting for fans to watch players compete and see a professional football team prepare for the upcoming season.”

The UFL roster limit for training camp is 70, but Coach Palmer and his staff will be forced to trim the roster to 52 players by September 9th.  The Colonials training camp roster features NFL veteran quarterback Josh McCown and former UConn running back Andre Dixon.  “There is a lot of anticipation for our second season to start and once teams get underway at training camp, there really is that excitement of the kickoff only being a short time away,” said UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue. “This year our fans can follow their teams’ progress in the five home cities and as part of our promise to bring the fans closer to the action, elements of all training camps are open to the public.”

 The Colonials will open the 2010 UFL regular season on September 18 against Sacramento at Rentschler Field at 2:30 p.m.

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