Bucs Sign With Disney, Report To Camp On July 18

May 29 - The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have signed a contract with Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and will report to Orlando for training camp on Friday, July 18. While terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, the contract is believed to be a one-year deal. The Bucs, who open the preseason in Tokyo, Japan against the New York Jets on August 2, are scheduled to conclude training camp on Friday, Aug. 15.

The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will gear up to defend its title in July, and for the second consecutive year, it will all start at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

The Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have signed a contract with the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the contract is believed to be a one-year deal.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Disney again this summer," said Bucs executive vice president Joel Glazer. "Our first-rate experience last year began a season that we will never forget and we are eager to come back to one of the nation's foremost facilities."

The Bucs are tentatively scheduled to report to Orlando for training camp on Friday, July 18, which is 10 days earlier than the team reported to camp last year. The team's first practice will be held on Saturday, July 19. Training camp is tentatively scheduled to conclude on Friday, Aug. 2.

Before training at Disney for the first time in 2002, the Bucs held its training camp practices at the University of Tampa.

In addition to practicing at Disney's facilities for the second straight year, the team will again stay at Celebration Hotel, which is just a few miles down the road from Disney.

"We had a great experience last year and are looking forward to another year at the complex," said Bucs general manager Rich McKay. "They run a first-class operation and the accommodations are outstanding. From a facilities standpoint, Disney provides the best environment for our players and coaches."

Tampa Bay will open the 2003 preseason on Aug. 2 against the New York Jets in the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan. The game will be televised live in the United States on ESPN2 at 5:00 a.m. ET.

All training camp and preseason dates are subject to change.

Disney's 200-acre sports complex hosts training events for other sports franchises like Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, and it also hosts more than 150 sporting events each year.

Disney was pleased to get the Bucs back in Orlando.

"We are proud to welcome the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers back to the Walt Disney World Resort," said vice president of Disney Sports Attractions Reggie Williams. "The team's decision to return to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for its NFL training camp is the ultimate compliment to our facilities. We look forward to hosting Coach (Jon) Gruden, the entire Buccaneers family, and all the Bucs fans this summer here in Central Florida as the team begins the task of defending its Super Bowl title."

Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex has a daily admission fee for its events, but Buccaneers training camp practices will be free to all fans and open to the public.


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