"I have always been a proponent of mixing up training camp every few years which I believe is a good strategy as we prepare for the season. With this plan, we get the best of both and that is important. We get quality practices in both locations and we get the benefits of having our fans support us during our time at home in Metairie and we get the opportunity for our team to unite at a location away from home," said executive vice president and general manager Mickey Loomis.
Entering its ninth season under Saints head coach Sean Payton, the Saints have held training camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. (2006-2008) and most recently (2009-2013) at the Saints’ Training Facility, as well as having gone to Oxnard, Calif., in 2009 for a period of time.
“No different than we do every year, we evaluate all areas of our operations and look for ways to improve,” said Payton. “By splitting training camp between New Orleans and The Greenbrier, we will have a great opportunity to further enhance our training camp in 2014. We all understand the importance of training camp and ultimately, that’s to get the team ready for the regular season. As far as the time we will spend at The Greenbrier, it offers a tremendous opportunity to our team in a more moderate summer climate.”
The Greenbrier is a National Historic landmark that has hosted distinguished guests from around the world since 1778 including 26 U.S. presidents.
The Greenbrier encompasses more than 10,000 acres and includes four golf courses; a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility, a 40,000-square-foot spa, sporting activities, shops, private homes and the grand hotel.
The Greenbrier has undergone a $250 million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event.
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