The Saints say they'll split their training camp in 2014 between the Metairie, Louisiana site and a luxury resort in Greenbrier, West Virginia.
The team has held the camp in Metairie the past few years. Prior to that they had spent their time in Jackson, Mississippi and have previously held camps - prior to the Sean Payton era, in Wisconsin and Florida.
“It is important to recognize how much we, as an organization, value the continued support of our fans across the Gulf South and of course, in New Orleans. After careful analysis and numerous organizational discussions, we have made the decision to alter certain elements of our upcoming training camp practices by splitting the practice locations between our facility in Metairie and The Greenbrier,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. “We feel like this decision will allow our team to best prepare for our 2014 season by practicing at our facility and also taking advantage of a more moderate climate and setting in West Virginia, similar to what we did in 2009 when we went to southern California for a week."
Both Loomis and head coach Sean Payton alluded to the fact that the hot weather in Metairie and the expected milder climate in West Virginia was part of the reason for the move.
“No different than we do every year, we evaluate all areas of our operations and look for ways to improve,” said Payton. “By splitting training camp between New Orleans and The Greenbrier, we will have a great opportunity to further enhance our training camp in 2014. We all understand the importance of training camp and ultimately, that’s to get the team ready for the regular season. As far as the time we will spend at The Greenbrier, it offers a tremendous opportunity to our team in a more moderate summer climate.”
The Saints web site lists 'The Greenbrier,' located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, as "a National Historic landmark that has hosted distinguished guests from around the world since 1778, including 26 presidents."