This past Sunday Phinzone had the opportunity to take in the Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie. The last time I attended training camp was years ago. And I remember sitting on the bleachers in burning sun and wondering if I would be able to stay there the entire practice without passing out.
Like many fans, I had heard and was aware they had revised the facilities and provided cover. But that really doesn’t do it justice. Training camp is truly worthy of a visit and is family friendly too.
When you enter there are several tents and kiosks setup to promote the team and sponsors, provide some contests, etc. Think game day at the stadium outside Gate G, but smaller. Plenty of friendly nice staff around to point you in the right direction. As you go to the stands on your right is the team shop with the latest jerseys, hats and other Dolphins merchandise, and on the left a concession stand to get something to eat and drink and cool down if needed. The stands are completely covered and very comfortable as they use a collection of air fans strategically placed to move air and keep the temperatures mild. There are great views from every spot, and the people who come are enthusiastic and really into this team. They respond with luster to every catch, tackle and run that gives us all hope that this year may be better than last. During the practice, TD the Dolphin mascot roamed the stands as did the giant bobble had Marino and Shula characters. This made for great photos and fun for the kids who may not be into the nuances of 7 on 7 drills. Practice moves quickly as the players go through various drills, and then you get the scrimmage portion which is almost game type action. There the aficionados of the game get to debate match-ups, who has quicker hips and who will win starting jobs. When it is all said and done, a number of the players go to the fence and will sign autographs and they give special attention to the kids, like we all would expect.
This year’s Training Camp is over. But next offseason you should take at least one day and go out and enjoy the Training Camp experience and see how the team has made this part of the season accessible and enjoyable.