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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Host Open Practices

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 4, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  A marching band performs during the pre-game show prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going public.

No, they won't become listed on any stock exchange, but they will open summer practices to their adoring fans come Aug. 1.

While many teams will start in mid-July, the Buccaneers announced on Thursday that their camp will run Aug. 1-19.

This summer marks a venue change as the Bucs have left the Disney complex in Orlando for the fields of One Buccaneer Place, located directly east of Raymond James Stadium.

The City of Tampa allowed the Bucs' zoning petition request so that fans can watch the team practice.

First practice on Saturday, Aug. 1, is open and for the second workout of the day, the Bucs will go across the street to Raymond James for a night workout in front of what should be a pretty large crowd.

Training camp will still be in progress when Tampa plays its first exhibition game on Aug. 13 in Tennessee.

The new Buccaneer regime continues to surprise: later start for camp and lots of action for the fans.

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