The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center officially opened in Richmond, Va. on Monday, July 8, 2013. Here's a gallery recap of the event.
The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center opened one year ago today, just weeks before a successful training camp that saw more than 165,000 fans attend team practices.
The world-class training facility—which features two football fields, a full-size weight room that allows a 90-man roster the space to prepare and cool-down from practices and ample space for viewing practice—will once again host the Redskins for training camp starting July 24.
On Aug. 2, the team will hold the annual Fan Appreciation Day—more than 25,000 fans entered the facility for Fan Appreciation Day last season—while the New England Patriots will join the Redskins from Aug. 4-6 for a unique experience.
"All of us at the Washington Redskins are extremely excited to return to Richmond for Training Camp this season," said Redskins President and general manager Bruce Allen. "Our inaugural camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center last year was a tremendous success, whether it was related to our on-field work, our connection with the fans or the number of children we were able to positively impact in the community. We look forward to returning to do all those things and prepare for our upcoming season."
Former linebacker London Fletcher, who was entering his 16th NFL training camp last season, explained that you need a top-notch training facility to prepare for the grind of a 16-game regular season.
The organization has one in the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.
"I think this is a fabulous facility," Fletcher told the media. "You know, when you pull up, it's a brand new place and you walk in there and the facility is great. The locker rooms are great; the fields are magnificent. This is a pretty nice setup for you all. So I think, for us, we appreciate this."
In June, first-year head coach Jay Gruden got his first look at the Richmond facility and was pleased with the team's decision to hold training camp there.
"The No. 1 intent for a football coach in training camp is to make sure that you have a facility that can provide your players with the chance to succeed," Gruden explained during his visit. "If they get injured, you want a training facility that will get them better -- we have a first-class training facility.
"We have a weight room that they can get stronger. We want practice fields where they can go out and practice with pads poppin' and footballs flyin'. We have all that here. It's a great first-class facility and we're happy to be here and we appreciate the hospitality.
"We're going to have great things in front of us."
--Washington Redskins Training Camp represents the single largest grassroots professional sporting event to take place within the Commonwealth of Virginia
--2013 Washington Redskins Training Camp exceeded economic impact estimates by $2 million for a total of $10.5 million
--More than 165,000 fans from all 50 states attended 2013 Washington Redskins Training Camp with an average daily attendance of 10,338
--11,000 local high school players were impacted by the 2013 Washington Redskins Training Camp
--More than 5,000 children were directly impacted by youth programs hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation