Rams, UC Irvine agree to three-year training camp deal

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  • By Michael Wayne Bratton
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The Los Angeles Rams and the University of California, Irvine have agreed to allow the NFC West team to host its 2016 training camp on the college campus.

The agreement runs for three years, with a renewal option, and will give Rams fans access to watch the team prep for the season for free on UCI's Crawford Field on a variety of days throughout this summer and the ones to come.

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UCI chancellor Howard Gillman and athletic director Mike Izzi both expressed their excitement to host the recently relocated NFL franchise to his campus.

"We're committed to being a university for the people, which means offering stellar academics and inviting our community to join us for historic events," Gillman said. "We're proud to welcome the Rams back to Southern California, where they belong."

"This is an exciting time for NFL fans, and we'll do everything we can to ensure that this is a great experience for everyone involved," said Mike Izzi, UCI athletic director. "We welcome the Rams back, and although UCI doesn't have a football team, we take great pride in our facilities and our athletic accomplishments."

Upon the announcement of the agreement, Rams coach Jeff Fisher also expressed his support for the team's decision to camp at the Southern California university.

"We look forward to training at UCI in preparation for the 2016 season," Fisher said. "Their facilities are top-notch, and we're excited to welcome our fans to their campus as we gear up for the start of the season."

This will not be the Rams' first experience with UCI, as the team camped at the school from 1990 to 1992, as well as in 1994.

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