Saints switching pitches

October, 21, 2008
10/21/08
1:12
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

WATFORD, England -- Apparently, Saints coach Sean Payton likes the soccer "pitch'' at The Grove so much that he's decided to practice there instead of at a more famous venue Wednesday.

The NFL just announced the Saints will hold practice on the grounds of their hotel, instead of at the training grounds for the Arsenal FC, one of the world's best-known soccer teams. The Saints still are scheduled to practice at Arsenal's facility Thursday and Friday. The Saints had a day off Tuesday and I'm assuming some of the players played golf at The Groves course because it was a sunny and, seasonably warm, day in the London suburbs.

I'll be reporting live from The Grove on Wednesday. Oh, and for the record, the media isn't staying at the castle where the Saints are. We just get to visit when there is practice or interviews. We're holed up in a nearby chain hotel that could fit just fine in the U.S.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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