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Only way to catch Miami Dolphins training camp is to be there


Fans must order free tickets online and get to Nova Southeastern University early to see the Dolphins training camp sessions this year.

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Football returns to South Florida on Sunday as the Dolphins open training camp at their facility in Davie. Unlike last year, the Dolphins camp will not be featured on TV, so the only way for fans to catch the action will be in person.

This season, the Dolphins changed their camp policies for fans. Although entrance to the practices is still free, the public is now required to reserve seats by ordering free tickets online. The team is expected to give out about 2,000 tickets for each practice.

However, also new this year, not every practice will be open to every fan. As an extra perk for season ticket holders, the July 27 and Aug. 11 practice will be open only for them. The July28 practice is only open to Fin Club members.

The address for the training facility is 7500 SW 30th St., Davie, FL, 33314. The facility is located at Nova Southeastern University.

The first seven practices through July28 begin at 8 a.m. On July 29, the Dolphins will participate in an intrasquad scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium, the only practice scheduled outside of the team’s facility in Davie.

The scrimmage is typically one of the highlights of the camp, but fans hoping to get autographs are less likely to get them at Sun Life Stadium.

The camp schedule is as follows: Sunday-July 29; July31-Aug. 2; Aug. 6-7, 11-12 and 14-15.

Even with many of the practices scheduled to start at 8 a.m., fans with tickets should arrive a little early to ensure a good seat. Also, the team typically starts with the first portion of the day inside its practice bubble, which is not open to the public. Players typically take the fields around 8:45 a.m.

Perhaps most importantly, fans should be prepared to deal with the heat. Only select fans will be allowed to sit in covered seats, whereas those in the bleachers are exposed to the sun.

Sunscreen is a must, comfortable clothes are recommended, as are hats or visors. And fans should bring water or their favorite sports drink to stay hydrated through the practice.

As for watching, Dolphins fans should be on the lookout for the team’s fast-paced, up-tempo style of practice. Coach Joe Philbin likes for his players to have as many repetitions as possible, so plays are run one after another.

Fans also should be aware that players will be separated into groups, the first team, the second team and so on. So while quarterback Ryan Tannehill might be working with one group, first-round draft pick Dion Jordan could be on another part of the field.

The team utilizes multiple fields, so fans might have to be extra vigilant to catch their favorite player or see their favorite football drill.

Outside of the practices, fans can expect just a little fanfare. They can shop for new team gear at the pro shop, and there are usually one or two tents set up by the bleachers for promotions, giveaways or charities.

Fans looking for food or drinks after practice can find a variety of options on University Drive, which is west of the practice field.

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