Chargers invite public to 10 training camp practices

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SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers Thursday will open what could be their last training camp as San Diego's NFL team at Chargers Park, and the first of 10 practices will be open to the public.

The gates at Chargers Park at 4020 Murphy Canyon Road will open at 8:20 a.m. The practice will be conducted from 9:20 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

During the week, parking is available only on Murphy Canyon Road. For weekend practices, fans will be allowed to park on Murphy Canyon Road as well as in the Kearny Mesa Business Center, located just south of Chargers Park.

Parking and admission to all training camp practices at Chargers Park are free.

Bleacher seating will be available. Fans are welcome to bring folding chairs to sit on the pavement surrounding the practice fields. Fans also may bring food, water and soft drinks, however, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Chargers Park at any time.

Hot and cold food, snacks, bottled water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. The Chargers Team Store will have a mobile location selling the latest team merchandise and apparel.

The Charger Girls will make special appearances during training camp practices.

Fans may bring personal cameras, but video cameras and telephoto lenses longer than six inches -- detachable or non-detachable -- are not allowed.

Other items not permitted at Chargers Park during training camp include pets (other than service dogs), weapons, chains, stun guns, mace and pepper spray, water guns, fireworks, Frisbees, sports balls, beach balls or other inflatable objects, laser pointers, flammable objects, musical instruments or noise-making devices.

The Chargers will have eight other practices at Chargers Park open to the general public:

  •  Friday, 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Saturday, 9:20 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  •  Sunday, 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Wednesday 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Aug. 10, 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Aug. 15, 9:20 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  •  Aug. 17, 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  •  Aug. 18, 9:20 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The gates at Chargers Park will open one hour before the start of each practice.

The Chargers will hold their annual FanFest at Qualcomm Stadium Aug. 8, when the team will practice from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Chargers have been asking for a new stadium for nearly 15 years and have acquired land in Carson, in Los Angeles County, on which they could build a facility -- perhaps in concert with the Oakland Raiders.

An environmental impact report is being prepared for a proposed stadium in Mission Valley. The first draft of the report is due to be released for public comment Aug. 10, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

The plan is to get the document approved by the City Council in October so the public can vote on a stadium measure in January.

Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' spokesman on stadium issues, objected to the faster timeline of the environmental report, which he says won't be legally defensible.

San Diego officials will make a presentation to NFL team owners on Aug. 10.

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