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Saints’ West Virginia summer home taking shape

Register-Herald photo by F. Brian Ferguson Work on the New Orleans Saints practice facility moves along quickly on Tuesday at The Greenbrier. The Saints will be in White Sulphur Springs for three weeks of training camp this summer.
Register-Herald photo by F. Brian Ferguson
Work on the New Orleans Saints practice facility moves along quickly on Tuesday at The Greenbrier. The Saints will be in White Sulphur Springs for three weeks of training camp this summer.

 

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The sod is on the field, the plumbing and electrical work is ready for the building to be erected and the excitement is building. The New Orleans Saints new summer home in White Sulphur Springs will soon become a reality.

Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice, who was responsible for bringing the Saints’ NFL training camp to his home state said everything is “going great” with the construction of the multi-million dollar facility, which will be located across the street from The Greenbrier’s main property.

Justice said the sod has already been installed on one field, and workers are in the process of doing the same for the other, shooting for a May 10 deadline. A third practice field will be constructed with synthetic grass.

The 55,000-square-foot building, which will house meeting rooms, equipment rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, training rooms and more, will soon take shape. Justice said the deadline for its completion is July 15 but mentioned crews are running a little ahead of schedule.

“We’re moving really fast,” said Justice. “We met with the Saints (Wednesday) morning, and they’re loving it. We’re in the process of doing some fine-tuning. They were talking today about bringing in 60 of their leading sponsors.”

Justice said the Saints will arrive in West Virginia July 26 and 27 and begin practices July 28. They’ll hold an organized intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 2 after a full week of practice. After another full week, they’ll travel to St. Louis for a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 8, before flying back to the Greenbrier Valley Airport…

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Another full week of drills will conclude the Saints’ time in the Mountain State, as they’ll fly back to New Orleans in time for an Aug. 15 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

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