Bucs' 2002 Training Camp Orlando Bound

May 22 – It's official. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday afternoon that they will hold their 2002 training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Tampa Bay will report to training camp on July 28 and begin practicing on July 29. With the exception of the August 10th practices with the Miami Dolphins, all training camps practices will be free to all fans and open to the public.

It might have taken a little longer than anticipated, but after months of speculation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced that the team will hold its 2002 training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando.

"We are very excited that our fans in Orlando will now get an opportunity to see the Buccaneers prepare for the 2002 season," said Buccaneers executive vice president Joel Glazer. "Training camp is where our team readies itself for the regular season and we are glad to be training in one of the country's premier facilities. We are also delighted that we will continue to make camp free for all of our fans."

With the exception of the August 10th practices with the Miami Dolphins, admission will be free to fans and open to the public. Promotional coupons offering free admission will be available to fans for the August 10th practices with the Buccaneers and Dolphins. Details concerning the accessibility to practices on August 10 will be available at a later date.

The Buccaneers have a one-year contract with the complex with an option for a second. Tampa Bay is in the early stages of building its new training facility, which will replace One Buccaneer Place. The facility will be located off of Fletcher Avenue in North Tampa. The team expects the facility to be completed sometime in 2004.

"Realizing we were going to have to move camp because of the University of Tampa's expansion efforts, it is great for us to be able to set up at a first class place such as Disney's Wide World of Sports," said Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay.

The Buccaneers had held training camp at the University of Tampa's Pepin Rood Stadium since 1987, but the fact that the team's contract with UT expired after last year's training camp along with UT's recent decision to renovate the stadium prompted the team to explore other options in terms of training camp sites.

Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex hosts the Atlanta Braves during Major League Baseball's spring training exhibition in Florida. The venue is a top-of-the-line facility and is much more modern than Pepin Rood Stadium.

To learn more about Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, click here.

In other news, the Bucs will hold their final offseason three-day mini-camp on Thursday, June 13 through Satuday, June 15. The camp will be held at One Buccaneer Place and it will not be open to the public.

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