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Patriots announce first dates for 2021 training camp, and fans will be allowed to attend again

The Patriots were 7-9 last season.
The Patriots were 7-9 last season.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

For the first time since 2019, the Patriots will host open training camp practices. On Wednesday, the team announced the first dates fans will be able to attend.

New England’s 2021 season opens Wednesday, July 28. Fans will be allowed to attend the practice, which will take place on the training fields behind Gillette Stadium.

Open practices also will be held from July 29-31. According to the team, times for practices will be announced later.

The team will host two practices inside Gillette Stadium that fans can attend. The first will be for season ticket holders and Foxborough residents Friday, Aug. 6, with a second Tuesday, Aug. 10 that will be open to the general public.

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The outdoor sessions on the practice fields are open to all and free to attend.

One change, given the ongoing NFL COVID-19 restrictions: players won’t be able to sign autographs or pose for pictures. The team also noted that unvaccinated fans are “encouraged” to wear face coverings.