The Raiders have held camp in the Napa Valley every year since 1996 and are holding camp there currently, but this may be one of the last times that happens, according to a piece from Pro Football Talk, citing the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Raiders brass hosted officials from Reno, Nevada at camp last week to give them an up close and personal look at the kinds of facilities and services the Raiders require when they hold a training camp. The Raiders have already ruled out holding camp in the Las Vegas area, with owner Mark Davis preferring to hold camp away from the team facilities (which will be constructed in Henderson, NV) and stadium to promote cameraderie.
“I anticipate we would find a location in north Nevada, but there are a lot of factors that go into that,” said Raiders team president Marc Badain. Since most of northern Nevada is home to absolutely nothing, Reno or even Tahoe would seem to be the logical destinations.
The immediate concern with holding training camp in the Reno area would be elevation. Reno sits at around 4,500 feet above sea level, and it can take time for players to adjust to the elevation. This is one of the reasons Denver-area teams have a distinct home field advantage. Playing sports at altitude is hard on the human body.
But the Broncos hold their training camp in Englewood, CO, which is 5,371 feet above sea level. If they can do it, the Raiders should be able to as well. If the Raiders really want to train at altitude, they might consider Montana or the Moon, but the relative lack of luxury hotels and adequate practice fields in those locations would seem to be a deal-breaker.
Look for the team to make a final decision on their future training camp location in the coming months.