IRVINE, Calif. (AP) On the night before the Los Angeles Rams’ first public practice of training camp, coach Jeff Fisher warned his players to be prepared for a crazy welcome.
The Rams still were impressed Saturday when thousands of screaming, chanting fans showed up to herald the start of a new era.
”I didn’t know it was going to be like that,” running back Todd Gurley said. ”It was pretty cool to have everybody come out.”
The Rams went through a long workout in front of fans who gathered hours early at UC Irvine and hung out until the late afternoon in the breezy Orange County heat.
The school and the Rams counted 10,112 fans in attendance. They filled three large bleachers and a stretch of upscale tents surrounding the team’s two practice fields, and others walked through a small fair behind the stands featuring food, games and merchandise in both the Rams’ current colors and the traditional LA blue and yellow-gold.
Southern California has regained its appetite for the NFL after a 21-year absence, and the Rams’ fans showed up in force for the latest in a series of welcome-home moments culminating in the home opener at the Coliseum on Sept. 18.
”It was great,” Fisher said. ”We gathered (the players) up right before we got started, just
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