Brian Kelly is taking Notre Dame on the road when training camp opens next month.
The Irish will conduct four practices at Shiloh Park in Marion, Ind., from Monday, Aug. 5 through Thursday Aug. 8. Notre Dame returns to campus to begin practice at its facilities on Aug. 9.
"I’m excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park,” coach Brian Kelly said. “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."
It's the first time in Kelly's four-year tenure in South Bend he's taking the Irish off campus for training camp. The last Irish coach to take his team off campus for training camp was Lou Holtz, who took Notre Dame to Culver, Ind. for a pair of practices in 1996.
Marion has a population just under 30,000 and is a two-hour drive from campus.
Shiloh Park, operated by the Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene, is a 65-acre complex that appears to have everything necessary to conduct a football training camp: football fields, conference rooms, lodging, etc. Notre Dame described its four days in Marion as its "acclimatization phase" of training camp.