NOTRE DAME — For the first time in nearly 20 years, Notre Dame will open its preseason training camp off campus.
The university announced that the football team will start its 2013 training camp on Aug. 5 at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center in Marion, Ind., about 100 miles southeast of South Bend.
“I’m excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park,” head coach Brian Kelly said in a release. “Training camp is vital in terms of developing team unity, character, camaraderie and ultimately a focused and specific identity for the upcoming season. We instituted a similar type off-site program for training camp at the University of Cincinnati and it played a huge role in the success of our team.”
According to the release, Notre Dame will conduct four practices on site before returning to campus practice fields on Aug. 9.
Kelly’s move to Shiloh will mark the first time that Notre Dame started training camp away from campus since the Lou Holtz era. Holtz took his team to Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind., to open the 1995 and 1996 training camps.