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January 02, 2018
Pro Football at Dodgertown
Professional Football at Dodgertown?
#OTD January 2-5, 1988 – The NFL Cleveland Browns train at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida in preparation for postseason play.
Since the 1970’s, football has been part of Dodgertown’s DNA.
NFL teams have utilized Dodgertown’s outdoor and indoor facilities, vast meeting space and dining room for team building and to prepare without distraction for regular season or postseason games.
In 1974 and again in 1976-1984, the New Orleans Saints – led by quarterback Archie Manning – held their preseason training camps at Dodgertown.
Other teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, followed.
In recent years, the Canadian Football League is also well-represented, as the Montreal Alouettes (2014-15, 2017), Edmonton Eskimos (2015-2016) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016-2017) have all held camps at Historic Dodgertown. Collegiate football programs have also visited Dodgertown through the years, including the University of Miami, The Ohio State University, the University of South Florida and North Greenville University.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532