The Washington Redskins and Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan will hold 2013 training camp* *beginning on Thursday, July 25 at the new world-class Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va. (Leigh Street behind the Science Museum – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va. 23220).
This will mark the inaugural year the Redskins will host training camp in Richmond as they prepare for the upcoming NFL season.
Training camp is an annual ritual in the NFL, an opportunity for fans from all over the country to come see their favorite Redskins players in action on the practice field, and get a first glimpse of the newly signed free agents and draft picks.
Numerous practices are open to fans, free of charge, including Fan Appreciation Day.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as they will be able to sit along the premises of the three practice fields. After each practice, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs and take photos of their favorite players as they walk off the field to the locker rooms.
The roughly ten million dollar state-of-the-art training center will feature two full-size natural grass fields, a natural grass drill field, spectator areas, locker rooms and a high-tech training room.
The training facility will also house Bon Secours sports medicine rehabilitation and athletic development services, in addition to men's health, fitness and education programs.
The Training Center will also be home to movin' mania, the Bon Secours' Healthy Kids Initiative.
Prior to the Redskins move to Richmond, the team hosted training camp at Redskins Park for 11 summers (2000, 2003-2012).
The move to Redskins Park in 2000 marked the first time the franchise opened the complex to visitors in team history.
Thousands of fans from all over the Washington, D.C. area, and beyond, were able to watch their favorite players just steps from the practice fields, gather autographs and take part in the Redskins experience.
After a two-year hiatus, with camp being held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., the Redskins returned to Ashburn to get ready for the 2003 season, and have remained there since.
In the 11 years that the Redskins have trained at Redskins Park, the preseason camp has attracted an average of more than 100,000 fans per summer and has annually had Fan Appreciation Day attendance surpass 25,000-plus fans.
The single day training camp attendance high of 29,337 was established on Fan Appreciation Day in 2011.
The Redskins have also trained at Frostburg State, Occidental College, Georgetown University, Balboa Park, Brown Military Academy, Wandermere Resort, Eastern Washington University, Ballston Stadium, Anacostia Park, Municipal Field, Country Club, Rosebud Gardens, Northwestern University and City Stadium.
The Redskins 34-year stint at Carlisle, Pa. (1963-1994, 2001-2002), was the longest period at one site in the team's training camp history.
Extensive media attention is expected, and to assist visiting press in their coverage, the Redskins provide a media workroom equipped with power inputs, phone lines and wireless internet.
Credentialed media will have additional access to the players and practice areas, and can coordinate interviews through the Redskins Public Relations Department.
All media attending Redskins Training Camp must obtain credentials to gain access to the facility.
Media interested in obtaining credentials must apply online at www.redskins.com/credentials.
Training camp practice dates and times are subject to change (especially in the event of inclement weather).
Fans are encouraged to visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp for up-to-the-minute information.
For logos and photos of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, visit http://redsk.in/Zu9cu0.
For detailed information on Richmond sites, attractions and hotels, visit www.rvariverfront.com.
Redskins Training Camp Historical Timeline:
- Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Center (Richmond, Va.) Beginning 2013
- Redskins Park (Ashburn, Va.) 2003-12
- Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.) 2001-02
- Redskins Park (Ashburn, Va.) 2000
- Frostburg State (Frostburg, Md.) 1995-99
- Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.) 1963-94
- Occidental College (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1946-62
- Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) 1945
- Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.) 1943-44
- Brown Military Academy (San Diego, Calif.) 1941-42
- Wandermere Resort (Spokane, Wash.) 1940
- Eastern Washington University (Cheney, Wash.) 1939
- Ballston Stadium (Arlington, Va.) 1938
- Anacostia Park (Washington, D.C.) 1937
- Municipal Field (Framingham, Mass.) 1936
- Country Club (Waltham, Mass.) 1935
- Rosebud Gardens (Wayland, Mass.) 1934
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) 1933
- City Stadium (Lynn, Mass.) 1932