The New Orleans Saints just inked a deal to hold some of their NFL summer training at the Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains. We totally understand the impulse: We wouldn't want to be running around NOLA in July and August either. Plus, the Greenbrier is a Condé Nast Traveler reader favorite; it's made our Gold List of the best hotels in the world for the past four years running.
The team will still do a portion of its training at its usual hometown facilities in Metairie, La., but it'll trade swamp heat for mild low 80s during its residence at the hotel. In order to accommodate the athletes, their families and the team's staff, the resort will build three practice fields, along with a 55,000-square-foot multipurpose building complete with weight rooms, locker rooms, meeting areas, physical therapy accommodations, and kitchen and dining facilities.
While the Saints are in training, The Greenbrier will remain open to other guests. And if by chance they need a break from the resort's spa, five golf courses, or championship indoor and outdoor tennis courts, they can watch the Saints sweat it out on the practice fields. they'll be open to the public—and free.
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