Training camp dates announced

The Bears first training camp in Bourbonnais was generally considered a success, but the group at Olivet Nazarene is working to improve on the experience for fans.

Olivet Nazarene University and the Chicago Bears will start the second year of the NFL team's training camp at the University's Bourbonnais, Ill., campus on July 25 and break camp on Aug. 15. Last year's camp attracted more than 100,000 fans over the less-than-three-week period.

While the duration of the 2003 camp is longer than last year's inaugural camp, the number of practice sessions will mirror last year's amount.

Fans can expect the same camp features that garnered rave reviews last year, including the Bears store, concessions and children's interactive game area.

But the University has made a number of improvements to accommodate Bears players and fans this year:

Bleacher seating has doubled.

Double doors have been added to the back entrance of the Bears store to help with crowd flow.

Electrical and water lines have been extended to allow for multiple concession and first-aid locations.

The entrance to Ward Field, the site for optional evening practices, is undergoing a face-lift. Changes will include new restrooms and a new concession area.

The official training camp Web site,, has a new look and includes the most updated information about training camp.

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