- Associated Press - Friday, March 15, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No more summer commutes for Eagles players to Bethlehem.

The team announced Friday that this year’s training camp will take place in its NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field after 17 years on the campus of Lehigh University.

Team president Don Smolenski says the decision was made, in part, because of the ready access to its equipment and facilities at its home base, including the training room and indoor practice venue, too.

He called it a difficult choice, noting the school and the city have “been part of our lives every summer for the past 17 years.”


The return marks the first time since 1943 that the team’s training camp has been in Philadelphia.

Last year, former coach Andy Reid’s son, Garrett, was found dead at training camp.