A year after not featuring an NFL training camp for the first time in five seasons, The Greenbrier appears like it will have football this summer. The West Virginia casino is in contact with several NFL teams about their 2020 training camp location.
Typically, teams have plans regarding their training camps months and years in advance. However, precautions around COVID-19 have several teams looking at contingency plans for this upcoming summer.
Teams like the New York Giants and Jets are unsure if they’ll be able to hold practices at their usual locations. Both franchises host their annual training camps in New Jersey, where the coronavirus has affected residents more than most states.
Many other states like California are also at risk of losing their training camp teams. It was reported that Los Angeles County could be shut down until August.
This would obviously affect all of the state’s local teams and teams that train in the state, including:
- Los Angeles Rams
- Los Angelese Chargers
- San Francisco 49ers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Las Vegas Raiders
The Greenbrier was home to NFL training camps between 2014-2018. It hosted the New Orleans Saints for three years and the Houston Texans for two.
With its history, The Greenbrier is a potential option.
From NFL Now: NFL teams are preparing their contingency plans for training camp, with several calling the Greenbrier in WV as an option. Local colleges will be an option, as well, if they can't be in their usual spot. pic.twitter.com/nFNfTC9Nhp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 13, 2020
The Greenbrier is one of five casinos in West Virginia and retail sportsbooks in the Mountain State. While its doors have been closed since March, it features two of the three online sports betting apps offered in the state:
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
Although WV isn’t completely back to normal, it’s much closer than a lot of other places. WV Casinos are now scheduled for June 5 and smaller businesses like wellness centers are opening back up now.
NFL Training Camp 2020
The Greenbrier is a perfect place for NFL teams to get their summer conditioning in. Even though the private resort is more known for its PGA Tour golf event, there is plenty of room for football activities.
In 2014, it expanded beyond its hotel and casino to build fields and a massive training facility for the Saints’ arrival. The site can easily be transitioned for at least one NFL team in a few months.
Part of why this location is so attractive to outside teams is because of how well WV has fared during this pandemic. The state is much healthier than most, with fewer than 1,500 total positive coronavirus cases.
It’s unclear right now whether or not fans would be allowed to attend practices, but that is probably the goal for everyone. With the state starting to get back to normal, perhaps something will be worked out by time training camp begins.
This would be a huge boost to WV residents who have been following the Stay At Home order for quite some time.
While the state doesn’t have an NFL team to call its own, WV absolutely loves football. The WVU Mountaineers are widely popular and the focus of all sports fans in and around Morgantown.
Having an NFL team in town would certainly create a lot of excitement and entertainment leading up to a new season.
Beyond training camp this summer, The Greenbrier could have another NFL visitor during the year. The Arizona Cardinals are interested in staying on the east coast during their early two-week road trip.
Owner Michael Bidwill wants to reduce traveling as much as possible and has The Greenbrier on his shortlist of possibilities.
Arizona previously stayed at the resort in 2015 during a similar situation.