The Washington Redskins are moving to The Capital City of Richmond, Virginia for their future preseason training camps, which is a huge boost to this region with it’s legions of Redskins fans. The move comes after 12 years in Ashburn at Redskins Park, something head coach Mike Shanahan has said he wanted to do since he was hired two seasons ago. The agreement allows the Skins to keep Redskins Park intact and make some improvements as well, despite the reported 8-year deal with the city of Richmond.
it’s nothing new in the NFL as several teams hold their training camps hundreds of miles from the cities which they play in. Coaches seem to think it adds to the bonding factor amongst teammates during training camp while there are others who feel it has no impact. It will have an impact on the Richmond community which holds a heavy Redskins fan base and will likely have to turn them away at times.
With a new franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III, the Redskins are looking to turn their fortunes around over the next few years and Richmond will obviously play a major role in the preparation for each season. Exactly where the Redskins will be camping in Richmond is yet to be determined. Certainly, the University of Richmond’s former home, City Stadium, is a candidate, but with one field, and a location in the middle of a residential neighborhood, that could be problematic. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is working closely with Redskins officials to work those details out.