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Saints begin move to West Virginia for training camp


It’s fitting that a bunch of Saints are heading for a place known as “Almost Heaven.”

Like the Colts did 30 years ago, the Saints have packed up the trucks. Unlike the Colts, the Saints aren’t leaving town permanently.

Via WWL-TV, the massive movement of training-camp equipment to West Virginia has commenced. Ultimately, tractor trailers filled with blocking sleds and flatscreens will arrive at The Greenbrier, where a practice facility is being constructed for the team from Louisiana.

In all, the Saints will use four 53-foot trucks, a 34-foot trailer, four 26-foot box trucks, and a 16-foot pack truck to get their stuff to White Sulphur Springs. They’ll hold 26 training-camp practices and one scrimmage at the resort. The team hopes that West Virginia will provide a more moderate climate for preseason practices.

While plenty of work still needs to be done to prepare the facility for the start of camp on July 24, The Greenbrier recently posted a photo that shows things coming along quite nicely. Even if the bare surroundings make it look a little like the guards’ practice field in The Longest Yard.