Colts staying home for 2017 training camp


The Indianapolis Colts will no longer go off site for training camp and instead plan to conduct their 2017 summer camp at the team’s training facility.

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The Colts announced Friday the training camp will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, headquarters of the team.

Because the facility can’t accommodate fans, practices will be closed to the public, but the Colts said fans will have the opportunity to attend two off-site practices being planned at local venues.

The Colts’ summer training camps have taken place at Anderson University since 2010. They were previously conducted at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., for 11 years (1999-2009), and in Anderson, Ind., beginning with the Colts’ move to Indianapolis in 1984 until 1998.

“Anderson University and the people of Anderson have been incredibly gracious and enthusiastic hosts,” Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. “The dynamics of NFL training camps have changed through the years, and more teams are staying at home. Last summer, with weather being a factor, we practiced only 11 times in Anderson. While our camp plans beyond 2017 are uncertain, staying home this summer should help us with future determinations.”

The dates for this year’s camp will be announced later.

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