Redskins Richmond camp on track
5/21/2013, 10:43 a.m.
The Washington Redskins plan to open their first training camp at their new Richmond facility on July 25. And this week, representatives from the Washington Redskins, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, the city of Richmond, the Virginia governor’s office, construction and architectural firms, hosted a media hard hat tour to show off the camp's progress.
An early morning shower in Richmond had media and VIP guests to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center peeking skyward as they made their way to the facility for a Hard Hat Tour of its progress. However, by early afternoon the skies brightened and an overflow crowd made its way through the check-in line. Each attendee received a hardhat and facility map and headed up the stairs to hear opening remarks.
The 17 acre site is on Leigh Street, behind the Science Museum of Richmond has featured busy over the past few weeks and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones along with project insiders said it will be done by June 30.
"Everything will be free and full access to come out and watch everything," said builder Mark Hourigan, who also claimed the project is ahead of schedule and ahead of budget.
The $10 million facility is being built to the specifications of the team, at no cost to them, thanks to sponsorships by the city of Richmond, the state of Virginia and the Bon Secours Health System, among others.
According to the team, the Redskins will practice at the facility for three weeks this summer with 100,000 fans expected to watch them. The camp will last through Aug. 16.
Washington opens their preseason schedule on Aug. 8, when they visit the Tennessee Titans. Their first preseason home game will take place 11 days later, when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit FedEx Field in Northern Virginia.