Philadelphia Eagles set to land at Lehigh for camp
Posted: July 26, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Philadelphia Eagles are set to begin training camp at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus for the twelfth consecutive year. The players will arrive in Bethlehem on Friday, July 27 to prepare for the start of their annual training camp, which begins the next day with rookies and selected veterans. All remaining veterans are slated to be in camp on July 30. The last day for fans to check out all of the action will be August 11.
Fans can watch Eagles practice on the John C. Whitehead practice fields and get a glimpse of their favorite players for no admission fee. There is free parking throughout the Goodman Campus for the plethora of fans that come throughout the region to watch the camp. Just three years ago, the Eagles set a single-day training camp record when almost 25,000 fans visited the Goodman Campus. That mark is believed to be an NFL record.
In addition to a free view of the Eagles in action, other nearby activities include an autograph tent, activities for children, and the Eagles also offer NFL-style skills tests to fans on the adjacent Lehigh outdoor track.
During their two week stay at Lehigh, the Eagles lift weights in the A. Haigh Cundey Varsity House – Lehigh’s strength training center, practice on Lehigh’s three natural grass fields, and stay in air-conditioned dormitory rooms. On most days the Eagles have two practice sessions and the majority of them are open to the public at no cost. Swarms of Philadelphia and local newspapers, as well as television and radio networks are present to cover the Eagles’ activities each day.
The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the only successful football team to hit the Whitehead Practice Fields each August. Since the Eagles began coming to Lehigh for training camp in 1996, Lehigh’s football squad is 93-36, claiming Patriot League titles in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006. The Mountain Hawks own the second highest winning percentage (78.5%) in all of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) football over the last nine years.
For additional information and scheduling updates on the Eagles’ training camp at Lehigh, check out the Eagles’ web site or call the Eagles’ training camp hotline at (610) 758-6868.