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July 9, 2008
Eight practices open to the public

How's Alex Smith looking in training camp? Who's winning the battle for Ted? Will Vernon Davis get into another practice-field fight? See for yourself. The 49ers are opening eight training camp practices to the public.

If they haven't already, season ticket holders will be receiving an e-mail today with information on how to register online. Season ticket holders will have to enter their account number to receive the free tickets. Tickets will be released to the general public on Friday. The practices are free, but with a limit of 3,000 seats, fans must obtain tickets at www.49ers.com.

The open practices are scheduled for Saturday, July 26 (9-10:30 a.m.), Sunday, July 27 (9-10:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.), Monday, July 28 (4-5:30 p.m.), Wednesday, July 30 (4-5:30 p.m.), Friday, August 1 (4-5:30 p.m.), Saturday, August 2 (9-10:30 a.m.) and Sunday, August 3 (4-5:30 p.m.).

Members of the Gold Rush Cheerleading team also will be on hand, and fans can take pictures with the team's five Super Bowl trophies. Players also routinely sign autographs after practice.

"I like the idea of having fans at our practices," Mike Nolan said in a release. "Our players are energized by their excitement and enthusiasm. We are happy that they will be a part of our training camp."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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