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NFL tells teams fans will be allowed at 2021 training camps

While things likely won’t be quite the same as before, the league has announced a big step towards normal.

Kansas City Chiefs training camp David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

A new report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says that the NFL has cleared its teams to bring fans back to their training camps this summer — which opens the door for fans to watch the Kansas City Chiefs during their training camp at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Of course... all teams will still have to abide by the state and local guidelines in the areas where their training camps are located. So we’re still going to have to wait for an official announcement from the team that training camp will be back to some kind of normal.

We say “some kind of normal” because Pelissero also says that the league is still working with the NFLPA to work out some details regarding proximity to players, autographs and so on.

So it’s likely that the 2021 training camp experience will be at least somewhat different than it was before the coronavirus pandemic; we’ll have to wait for the Chiefs to give us an official word about how these things will play out in St. Joseph. But any kind of training camp with Chiefs fans in attendance will be a significant step towards normal.

According to Pelissero, all teams except those participating in the Hall of Fame game and the Thursday night opening of the 2021 season (the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) will begin their training camps on the same day: Tuesday, July 27.

This means that the first Chiefs training camp session open to the public is likely to be Saturday, July 31. So mark your calendar!