COMING SOON, OUR 2017 CLASS RECRUITING MONSTER BOARDS!
After having 12 training camp practices in San Bernardino in 2015, the Bruins are splitting the Training Camp between Westwood and San Bernardino with only six in the Dino this year. As Mora explained to the press, a one week period gives the players and coaches a shorter period to go all out for one week, as opposed to measuring their efforts over the course of two week in the extreme heat and a harsh environment reminiscent of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s “Junction Boys” days. Since most fans are familiar with the UCLA campus and there have already been numerous reports on attending practice there, we have focused again on the Inland Empire training camp only.
The UCLA Bruins will have their first practice Monday, August 15, and the Bruin Authority guys had a chance to scout out the digs and here is the scoop.
One notable difference from some of the prior Dino training camps, the two-a-day afternoon practices will be starting at 5:45 p.m., instead of 7:00 p.m. as has been occasionally done in the past. Most likely the players preferred to practice in the heat, in order to finish earlier. As with last year, there are no practices on Sundays.
Finishing off the schedule will be the Fan Appreciation practice on Saturday, August 20.
Practices last about two hours, and all practices are open to the public. Here is the schedule (Times subject to change):
Monday, August 15 – 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, August 17 – 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, August 18 – 3 p.m.
Friday, August 19 – 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Potentially there will be a live scrimmage today.
Saturday, August 20 – 12:00 p.m. gates open to the public, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. full practice, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. fan appreciation events. This will be the last practice open to the public and fan appreciation events are scheduled for today. This year it will include free hot dogs, chips, and drinks provided by Stater Bros, opportunities to meet players and coaches (including autographs), and an opportunity to buy opening home game tickets against UNLV at half off.
Cal State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407 (909) 537-5000
The campus is located in a safe, suburban setting in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.
HOW TO GET THERE:
- From UCLA: Take to I-10 East, to I-215 North. Exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- Pasadena: Take I-210 East to I-215 North. Exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- Orange County: Take Highway 91 East, which becomes I-215 North in Riverside. Continue on I-215, and exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- Riverside: Take Highway 91 East, which becomes I-215 North in Riverside. Continue on I-215, and exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- High Desert areas: Take I-15 South, to I-215 South. Exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn left. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- Palm Springs area: Take I-10 West, to I-215 North. Exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
- San Diego area: Take I-15 North, to I-215 North. Exit at University Parkway in San Bernardino and turn right. Proceed along University Parkway and turn right on Northpark Blvd. Turn left on Coyote Blvd.
TIPS AND DETAILS:
University Parkway is the main entrance onto the campus. Once on Northpark Blvd, you will have to drive a little way, passing Seranno Village Drive, Lot D and Lot F before arriving at Coyote Blvd. After turning left onto Coyote Blvd, you will see a parking kiosk. Pull up to it and tell them you want to park in Lot G. They will ask you to pay a $5 parking fee. We have noticed some sites have been suggesting that fans park in either Lot G or Lot H. This is from people who are probably looking at a map and have not been there. Lot G is very close to the practice fields. While you can park in Lot H, you will be taking an unnecessary walk, which may be unpleasant on particularly hot days.
If the parking kiosk is closed, there are parking machines that will issue a parking permit. We have attended numerous practices here and have never seen anyone issuing parking tickets and suspect that they are more lax during the summer. However we paid, and would probably suggest you do as well to avoid a ticket.
After passing the parking kiosk, you will shortly turn right into Lot G. From there, the practice field is roughly northeast. So after turning into Lot G, drive straight ahead to the fence and turn left. Go as far as you can to get close to the practice field. The only building in the area is the Student Rec Center. After exiting your vehicle, walk toward that building. From there, walk to the right (east) and as you round the corner (turning left), you will see the practice field straight ahead and to the right. The rest room is also near that corner.
There is a media only area and a fan area. There are usually interns handing out sheets of paper with the player’s names and practice roster numbers. We would strongly suggest you find one. Sometimes they are on a table, sometimes someone is walking around passing them out. If you don’t see them, ask one of the young guys working there, they are really helpful and friendly to the fans.
There is grass to sit on, but no bleachers, or benches. For that reason, we suggest you bring lawn chairs. There is some shade under trees, and in the past, if you get there early enough you could snag a good shady spot. UPDATE: It is expected to be VERY hot this week so the shady spots will go early. So bring a sun umbrella, bring water, and use sunscreen.
Fans have been asking us where the best place to watch is, and that is hard to answer because they practice on more than one field, and seem to move around a little. Generally, there are not a lot of viewing choices, and seems even less than in past years. So we suggest that at first, you focus on a central location that has shade. Basically, the idea is to grab a comfortable spot before they are all gone (the shady, grassy areas fill up fast). If necessary, you can then move around once you see where each unit is practicing and where there is available seating. To view the furthest players practicing, you may need binoculars regardless of where you sit.
There are no concession stands or vending machines nearby. However, if you have time and want to walk around campus, there are a number of places to eat on campus that are open during the summer, including Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and several sandwich type places. You can get their campus locations HERE.
The practice field area has enough grass, and it is pleasant enough that you can have a nice picnic, especially if you bring the family. If you don’t want to bring your own food, or walk around campus to eat, there are many fast food places in the area so you can easily stop by one just before driving onto campus. In fact, to get to the practice facility on University Parkway, you will pass an IHOP, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Cold Stone Creamery, El Pollo Loco, KFC, Farmer Boys (a local chain), Del Taco, and Yogurt Land. There is also a Ralphs if you want to get a jug of water on a hot day.
If you are driving far, you may want to take advantage of other things in the area.
On campus is the Fullerton Museum of Art: noted for a very large collection of Egyptian antiquities. More info HERE. (UPDATE: we are hearing parts of the museum may be closed for a while for some remodeling work, so you may want to verify it is open when you will be there.)
San Manuel Indian Casino: a few minutes away, this is one of the largest Indian casinos in California. San Manual is also likely the most profitable. They have a good buffet and a nice restaurant. If you go, get a “player’s card.” It will give you some free money to gamble with, as well as discounts on food. Unfortunately, there is no hotel on site. More info HERE.
Lake Arrowhead: the campus is close to the main road to this resort town. On a hot day, it might be the perfect opportunity to get away and cool down in the mountains. More info HERE.
Restaurants: This area is not necessarily known for its fine dining, but all the chain restaurants can be found here. As mentioned above, San Manual Casino is nearby and has several types of dining options including a very nice restaurant. In the city of San Bernardino itself, there is sort of a restaurant row located on Hospitality Lane. Hospitality Lane runs parallel to the I-10 on the north side, and just east of the I-10 and I-210 interchange (if you are coming from Los Angeles, you will probably drive right past here, both going and coming from the practice). On this road, within about a half mile or less, can be found a Souplantation, El Torito, Red Lobster, IHOP, Claim Jumper, Margarita Beach, TGI Fridays, Chili’s, Mimi’s Cafe, Delhi Palace, and Olive Garden.
If you want to make a trip out of it, the campus is near the routes going to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, and Phoenix.
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