Saints smile, stretch, go to work as minicamp gets under way _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Coach Sean Payton watches as Marcus Murphy runs with a pass during the first day of New Orleans Saints mini camp in Metairie Tuesday

The Saints are holding minicamp this week, with all sessions open to the public.

The practices continue today and Thursday, with sessions running from 11 a.m. until 1:20 p.m. at the team’s headquarters on Airline Drive in Metairie.

Gates will open 45 minutes prior to each practice. There is no charge to attend. Parking will be available in the Zephyr Field parking lot.

Fans are advised to arrive early enough to go through a security check. Video cameras, oversized handbags, food and drinks, and pets are among the items that will not be allowed inside the gates.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

The practices will be closed to public if moved inside due to weather. Updates can be found on