Falcons in Flowery Branches—Your Training Camp Guide

Tim DarnellContributor IJuly 21, 2009

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - JULY 27:  Defensive end John Abraham #55 takes a break during the Atlanta Falcons training camp on July 27, 2006 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)


More to come on this later. The best place to go is the Atlanta Falcons Web site (www.atlantafalcons.com) or call the training camp hotline (770—965—2752). Practice times are subject to change without notice.


Where can I park?
Training camp parking is available at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex and Flowery Branch High School across the street from the Falcons Training Complex. After Hall County Schools begin, parking will be available at the Hollis Transportation Lot located one mile from the Falcons Training Complex. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided from this location. Follow the signs to this location. There is no general parking available at the Falcons training complex.

What should I bring?
In case you haven’t heard, it gets a little bit hot down here in the Deep South (hey, at least you’re not in pads and helmets for hours on end under the blazing sun. Then again, you’re not making millions of bucks a year, either, so there is a trade off). Anyway, there’s not a lot of shade out there for spectators, so you’d best pack:



rain gear






lawn chairs



The club does have a 10’x10’ area located at the top of the viewing hill for fans to get out of the sun.


The big no-no’s include:


weapons of any kind

alcoholic beverages

pets (only service animals are allowed, and definitely NO PIT BULLS)

camcorders, professional cameras/tripods (unless you want to start another Belichick-like controversy)

large backpacks, bags, coolers

anything deemed inappropriate by security

Can I take pics?
Still cameras with lenses under 12” and without flash attachments are permitted for use during all training camp workouts at Flowery Branch. No flash photography of any type will be permitted at any time. No audio or video recording devices are allowed, including camcorders or cellular phones with video capabilities. Video taping during practice is strictly prohibited (see above reference to Belichick).

Yep. But they’ll be checked by Falcons security, team personnel, or law enforcement officials, and some of those guys look like they could try out for the team. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited.


What about backpacks and bags?
Backpacks and large bags over 8.5” wide by 13’ long by 5” deep are not permitted. Everything is subject to inspection.

Shirts and shoes are required. Don’t wear a T-shirt with a sweet-looking pit bull on it, or anything else that might be consider sarcastic or inflammatory.


And no smoking. If you light up, you won’t be confronted by Delta-lina, but more likely a massive security guard.


You can buy team merchandise and concessions on site, but there isn’t an available ATM on campus, so hit the bank before you come.


Like anything, it’s a crapshoot. The best place and time for autographs is when the players are coming off the field after a practice and heading back into the main complex. There is a spectator area near the building, and it’s roped off from the main practice field. Remember, these guys have just worked out for a few hours in intense heat and under enormous physical and emotional pressure from screaming coaches, so don’t be offended if all they want to do is head for the A/C and a few dozen barrels of Gatorade.



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