San Diego Chargers training camp begins

Nine practices open to public

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers opened their 2013 preseason training camp Thursday with the first of nine practices open to the public.

The training camp is the first to be conducted by Mike McCoy, named as coach in January to succeed the fired Norv Turner after being the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator for four seasons.

New players include inside linebacker Manti Te'o, who the Chargers chose in the second round of the NFL draft after he was the runner-up in voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Te'o received extensive news media coverage when it was learned in January he was duped by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend.

The Bolts' first practice, held at Chargers Park at 4020 Murphy Canyon Road, drew a crowd of more than 2,000.

"This is what we're looking for," McCoy said after practice.

He thanked the fans for coming out on a Thursday morning and vocally supporting the team.

The first practice was marred by one injury -- linebacker Jonas Mouton had to be carted off the field and did not return. The Chargers expect to have an update on his condition Friday.

Parking and admission to all training camp practices at Chargers Park are free but due to the lack of available parking around Chargers Park on weekdays, team officials are urging fans to park at Gate C of Qualcomm Stadium and take a free shuttle bus to the Chargers Park.

Bleacher seating will be available but is limited. Fans are welcome to bring folding chairs to sit on the pavement surrounding the practice fields. Fans can bring their own food, water and soft drinks. However, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Chargers Park at any time.

A concession stand selling hot and cold food, snacks, water and soft drinks will be open. The Chargers Team Store will also have a mobile location where the latest team merchandise and apparel will be available for purchase.

The Charger Girls and a handful of former Charger players are expected to make special appearances during training camp practices.

Fans may bring personal cameras, but video cameras and long-lens cameras are not allowed.

Other items not permitted at Chargers Park during training camp include pets other than service dogs, weapons, chains, stun guns, mace and pepper spray, water guns, fireworks, Frisbees, sports balls, beach balls or other inflatable objects, laser pointers, flammable objects, musical instruments or noise making devices.

The eight other practices that will be open to the public will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 1, 3-5 p.m. Aug. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 10, 3-5 p.m. Aug. 12, and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 17.

Gates to Chargers Park always open one hour before the start of each practice.

Shuttle bus service will also be available for Friday's practice. For the rest of training camp, parking will be available on Murphy Canyon Road for weekday practices. For weekend practices, fans will be able to park on Murphy Canyon Road and at the Kearny Mesa Business Center, located just south of Chargers Park.


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