Falcons not hosting ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage

Fans reach out for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the ninth annual “Kia Motors Friday Night Lights” at Grayson High School, Friday, August 5, 2016, in Loganville, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
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Fans reach out for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the ninth annual “Kia Motors Friday Night Lights” at Grayson High School, Friday, August 5, 2016, in Loganville, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

For the first time in 11 seasons, the Falcons will not hold the wildly successful ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage during training camp, the team announced on Wednesday.

The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 26.

The team has gone into the community for a scrimmage at local high schools since first holding the event during the Jim Mora regime at Grady High on August 8, 2006.

Last season’s event was held at Grayson High School. The event would move — mostly around Gwinnett and Hall Counties — to various high schools including Parkview, North Gwinnett, Brookwood, Gainesville and Flowery Branch High Schools.

The team cited the logistics of opening the new stadium as a reason for not holding the event this summer.

“We are moving hundreds of associates and two franchises into a new home this summer and that’s where our organizational focus is right now,” the team said in a statement released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll continue to support high school football in our new stadium and in the community in the years to come.”

While there won’t be a “Friday Night Lights” event, several of the practices will be open to the public.

The team will hold Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 6.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, July 26th — Team Reports for Camp

Thursday, July 27th — Practice: 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, July 28th — Practice 9:30 a.m. – Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 29th — Practice 9:30 a.m. - Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 30th — Practice 9:30 a.m. - Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Monday, July 31st — Players Off

Tuesday, August 1st — Practice 9:30 a.m. - Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 2nd — Practice 9:30 a.m. - Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 3rd —Practice 9:30 a.m. - Gates open to public at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, August 4th — Practice 5:05 p.m. – Gates open to the public at 4:05 p.m.

Saturday, August 5th —Players Off

Sunday, August 6th — Practice 9:45 a.m. – Gates open to the public at 8:15 a.m.

Monday, August 7th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 8th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 9th — Walkthrough

Thursday, August 10th — at Miami Dolphins – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 11th — Walkthrough

Saturday, August 12th — Players Off

Sunday, August 13th — Practice 9:30 a.m.

Monday, August 14th —Practice 9:30 a.m.

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