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Military Families are First Through Gates at Bucs’ Training Camp

The Buccaneers opened the gates for the first time during 2018 training camp on Saturday morning. Members of the military, both active duty and veterans, along with their families were invited to take in a private practice at One Buccaneer Place, presented by USAA.

There were complimentary concessions, kid’s activities, a performance from the Buccaneers’ cheerleaders and of course, freezie pops – a staple in the Florida heat. Fans could also visit a tent for military demonstrations, grab items to be autographed in the merchandise tent and treat themselves to snow cones from the Kona Ice truck. It was all set up in a brand new parking lot that leads up to the new indoor facility.

Back on the field, the team held their first practice with some sort of padding on. They wore their shoulder pads or ‘shells’ as the first instances of contact were introduced. Fans cheered as wide receiver Mike Evans made a great catch down the near sideline from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Veteran receiver DeSean Jackson also made a nice grab in traffic on a slant just a few plays later.

Not only was it the first look at the 2018 team, for many, it was the first look at the Buccaneers’ new indoor training facility. Though practice was held outside, the doors were opened for fans to cool off indoors and take a walk around the turf.

Following practice, as fans lined the sideline ropes, each player came over and made their way down the line to sign autographs. Players took pictures, conversed with fans about the season and thanked military members for their service.

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