June 28, 2016

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Browns: Fans will have own minicamp

BEREA — Browns fans will have the opportunity to emulate their football heroes when the team opens training camp next week.

The team announced Thursday it will set up a “mini training camp” alongside its practice fields, allowing adults and youths to participate in drills and activities similar to what Cleveland’s players will be going through.

Mini training camp will be held at select Browns practices in partnership with Cleveland Clinic. Specific dates will be announced prior to the start of training camp, which runs July 25 through Aug. 13.

All 14 practices at the team’s Berea headquarters will begin at 4 p.m. and last 2½ hours.

Parking could be a problem on the first five days of camp (July 25-29), especially on the campus of nearby Baldwin Wallace University.

BW is one of the sites for the National Senior Games that are being held in Cleveland, and its parking lots will largely be occupied by participants and meet officials.

Also of note, the Browns have moved their handicap-accessible parking lot from the Berea Recreation Center to their team headquarters at 76 Lou Groza Drive. Fans must present an Ohio handicapped-driving permit at the front gate for admittance.

Two additional camp attractions are ShortRib 1, the food truck operated by local chef Rocco Whalen, and charity lemonade stands.

Fans wishing to bring their own food and drink also are welcome. Plastic soda and water bottles are permitted, along with juice boxes and items inside soft-sided coolers.

Training camp practices will be held on July 25-29, July 31-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-6, and Aug. 10-13. The annual Family Night practice at FirstEnergy Stadium takes place on Aug. 3 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Cleveland opens preseason play at home on Aug. 8 against the St. Louis Rams.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.