By Steve Corkran
Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 1:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.
For the first time since the Raiders relocated to Oakland in 1995, they are allowing the general public an opportunity to see how they prepare for a season by opening up three of their training camp practices in Napa.
The first of those three is today, with fans already on the field, awaiting the arrival of the 89 players hopeful of carving out spots on the 53-man, opening-game roster. Practice begins at 2:20 p.m.
The Raiders first called Napa home for camp in 1996 — they held camp in Oxnard in 1995 — and allowed fans to view one of their practices at a nearby high school field through 2001. At the main facility, only those who were guests of the Raiders or sponsors were allowed behind the gate until now.
Tickets for admittance were doled out at Raider Image stores, at no charge, with 1,000 allotted for each of the next three practices.
Dennis Allen said he is excited about the prospect of having the fans take a long look at what he’s trying to get accomplished in his first season as the Raiders head coach.
“Well, yeah, it’s always great to have fans out here,” Allen said. “We can’t wait. Obviously, we’re going to have a pretty significant group of fans come out here for practice this weekend, and we’ll be excited about getting into the stadium on Monday night against Dallas.”