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Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center Opens to the Public Thursday, July 25
Richmond training camp will feature 17 days of practice open to accommodate fans; schedule highlighted by “Fan Appreciation Day” on Aug.3
RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins, in partnership with Bon Secours Virginia Health System, the City of Richmond and the Virginia Governor’s Office, announced their 2013 training camp schedule, set to take place at the new world-class Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center from July 25 through Aug. 16 in Richmond, Va. The schedule features a total of 17 days of practice sessions that will be open to the public highlighted by Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Admission is free for all fans. Two practice sessions are tentatively scheduled for each day of training camp. Practice times range between one-to-two hours. Following practice, Redskins players and coaches will be made available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, schedules permitting.
“Fan interaction is a priority for our team and our new facility is built specifically with our fans in mind. We hope this historic move will set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in all of professional sports,” Washington Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen said. “We are proud that Redskins training camp represents the single largest team sports event to take place within the Commonwealth of Virginia and we are excited to bring this unforgettable fan experience to Richmond.”
The new $10 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 Bon Secours Virginia Health System will also ensure the facility serves as a valuable year-round resource for the community when camp is not in session. They will operate the facility as a full service sports medicine rehabilitation and men’s health center on the property throughout the year, in addition to offering men’s health, fitness and education programs. The facility will also be home to movin’ mania, Bon Secours’ healthy kids initiative.
The City of Richmond is developing field utilization plans to ensure the facility will also be available for a variety of sporting events and other activities throughout the year. The fields will be available for youth programming, tournaments and other uses that generate revenue and positive exposure for the City of Richmond when camp is not in session.
“We are honored to be the Official Training Camp Hospital Partner of the Washington Redskins and take great pride in this project; it will have such a significant impact on our city, both economically and from a health perspective,” said Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “In addition to promoting overall health and wellbeing, this new facility and partnership will allow us to further our long-established Healthy Communities initiative, which focuses on bringing health-care services and educational programs to Richmond’s underserved areas.”
Among the other noteworthy components of Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center will be a new City park with a multi-tier outdoor amphitheater and walking trails to enhance the benefits for residents, as well as camp attendees.
The City of Richmond will offer a variety of parking options for Redskins fans during training camp. With the exception of City Stadium, which will cost $7 and includes a shuttle, all parking facilities provided by the City will be $5. All fees are flat rates for the day (with no in-out service). Available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond will be announced closer to camp.
"As the official training camp home of the Washington Redskins, we are looking forward to an exciting training camp season at our new state-of-the-art facility," said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "Our optimal location - within a day's drive of over half the United States' population - makes Richmond the destination of choice that will be hard to resist for Redskins fans and for NFL fans looking for a training camp experience nearby."
In addition to the opportunity to watch practice, the Redskins will offer special events, giveaways and other unique fan experience destinations. Fans can also enjoy various interactive tents and purchase their favorite Redskins merchandise at the Redskins Team Store tent. Located behind the Science Museum of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond, fans can also take advantage of special museum exhibits that will be featured during camp.
Prior to their arrival at training camp, Redskins fans are encouraged to fill out their free Training Camp Fan Invitation, which will be available on www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
“Last year, fans around the state were thrilled with the announcement that not only would the Redskins expand their headquarters and training facility in Ashburn, Va., but that for the first time they will be holding summer training camp in our capital city. The new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center will be great for the community and will make for a world-class training camp facility starting this July,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said. “The Redskins’ commitment to the community has been seen already in Richmond through the successful Play 60 Challenge and other service-oriented events led by players and staff. Data shows the team also supports 1,832 jobs in the Commonwealth, directly and indirectly, generating nearly $200 million in annual economic activity.”
Prior to the Redskins’ move to Richmond, the team hosted training camp at Redskins Park for 11 summers (2000, 2003-12). The move to Redskins Park in 2000 marked the first time the franchise opened the complex to visitors in team history. 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.
“We welcome football fans visiting Richmond to experience the only urban setting with Class IV rapids, the offerings at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, our award-winning Central Virginia craft breweries, shopping and festivals and more than 900 restaurants,” Gov. McDonnell said. “Richmond and the Redskins are a great match, and we welcome everyone this summer for what will be a great training camp and a great time in Virginia's capital city.”
For detailed information on Richmond sites, attractions, hotels and more, visit www.rvariverfront.com. For logos and photos of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, visit http://redsk.in/Zu9cu0. Media interested in attending training camp should apply for credentials online at www.redskins.com/credentials.
For more information on the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center or the Redskins training camp, please visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
2013 BON SECOURS WASHINGTON REDSKINS TRAINING CENTER FAN SCHEDULE
The practices sessions listed below are open to the public free of charge; practice dates are subject to change without notice. Practice times will be released closer to camp. Two practice sessions are tentatively scheduled for each day of training camp. For the latest training camp information, please visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
***DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
PRACTICE SESSIONS CAN BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE***
Thursday, July 25
Friday, July 26
Saturday July 27
Monday, July 29
Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, July 31
Thursday, Aug. 1
Friday, Aug. 2
Saturday, Aug. 3 (Fan Appreciation Day – Noon)
Monday, Aug. 5
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Saturday, Aug. 10
Monday, Aug. 12
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Thursday, Aug. 15
Friday, Aug. 16
- Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during practice, overlooking the practice fields. No bleachers are available on-site. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center visitors can walk around designated areas outside the practice fields to watch their favorite players.
- For security purposes, all visitors and bags entering the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center grounds are subject to search by team security.
- The City of Richmond will offer a variety of parking options for Redskins fans during training camp. With the exception of City Stadium, which will cost $7 and includes a shuttle, all parking facilities will be $5. Available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond will be announced closer to camp.
- The following items are prohibited at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center: alcohol and illegal drugs, weapons, firearms, glass bottles, video cameras and animals (except for certified guide dogs assisting disabled guests).
- Food and beverages will be available for fans to purchase on-site.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.
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