Hey Irvine, Are you ready for some football?
By now everyone knows that the NFL is returning to Los Angeles for the 2016-2017 season. But for a few weeks this summer, Irvine residents won't have to go far to catch a glimpse of California's newest football team.
The University of California, Irvine and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms allowing the team to host its 2016 training camp on campus, returning professional football to Orange County for the first time in two decades.
Rams fans can watch players in action for free on UCI's Crawford Field on a variety of days throughout the summer.
photo credit Ric Tapia courtesy of LA Rams
This will be a homecoming of sorts for the Rams, who practiced at UCI from 1990 to 1992 and in 1994. The Rams will also be coming home to Orange County, where they played in Anaheim Stadium from 1980 to 1995.
"We look forward to training at UCI in preparation for the 2016 season," said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. "Their facilities are top-notch, and we're excited to welcome our fans to their campus as we gear up for the start of the season."
Rams rookies will report to UCI on July 26, and the remainder of the team will report to camp on July 29. The Rams' first public practice will kick off Saturday, July 30, starting at 3:30 p.m. Gates open 90 minutes prior to each practice, and select players will sign autographs after all open practices.