METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) – Saints players will practice here, at the team’s facility in New Orleans and at a West Virginia resort known for hosting distinguished guests from around the world, including 26 U.S. presidents.
Officials with the Saints announced the news Thursday that the team will split their 2014 training camp between New Orleans and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, in West Virginia.
Times, locations, and dates for the training camp practices will be released at a later date.
“It is important to recognize how much we, as an organization, value the continued support of our fans across the Gulf South and of course, in New Orleans. After careful analysis and numerous organizational discussions, we have made the decision to alter certain elements of our upcoming training camp practices by splitting the practice locations between our facility in Metairie and The Greenbrier,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
“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.”
“No different than we do every year, we evaluate all areas of our operations and look for ways to improve,” said Head Coach Sean 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 known as “America’s Resort,” and it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of rolling landscape that includes: four golf courses; a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility; and a 40,000-square-foot spa.