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Redskins expected to move training camp to Richmond in 2013

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The Redskins are making a change to their offseason routine.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to announce Wednesday that the team will begin holding training camp in Richmond, Virginia in 2013. The team will hold training camp at their headquarters in Ashburn this season, which has been the way they’ve done things for most of the last decade.

Additionally, McDonnell will also reportedly announce an expansion to the team’s headquarters in Ashburn. Per George Wallace of WTOP, the cost will be $30 million and the governor’s involvement suggests some state money will be included in the deal. The Redskins had flirted with moving their headquarters to Washington D.C. proper, which leads you to believe that the two announcements are related to each other.

Moving south for training camp might have something to do with the limited offseason schedule put into place by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Going away to camp maximizes the amount of time you can work on football because players don’t have much else to do while living in dorms without their families while camp is in session. Even the switch from driving to walking to work makes it easier to keep everyone on the same page.

The lockout forced many teams to cancel plans to go away for camp last summer, but it seems the pendulum has started to swing back in the other direction.

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  1. n0hopeleft says: Jun 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    Oh, will that help them get out of the basement of the NFC East?

    NOPE.

    No worries though. I have my popcorn ready to watch RGIII dominate NFC East defenses, according to Skins fans.

  2. ramasez says: Jun 6, 2012 11:22 AM

    Ah the Redskins:

    The Team of DC
    Practice in Virgina
    Play in Maryland

  3. bigbluenationdb says: Jun 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    So the state of Virginia, which is in the process of cutting education and transportation funding is going to give the Redskins money to expand their facilities. This sounds ridiculous to me. Redskins practice facility is generating any revenue for the state so why would they want to give money to one of worse run franchises in the league. Doesn’t ole Danny boy have deep pockets? Why would he need assistance from the state for the expansion?

  4. hulkhogansays says: Jun 6, 2012 11:40 AM

    Wherever RG3 walks, winning and excitement vibrations follow! The Redskins and Robert Griffin III are a match made in heaven brother!

  5. commonsensedude says: Jun 6, 2012 11:53 AM

    I’d choose Richmond over Ashburn myself. The people are friendlier and the food is better.

  6. ramasez says: Jun 6, 2012 11:57 AM

    @bigbluenationdb

    Worse run as far as team building? maybe, as an orginzation the Redskins are top 2 for revenue so I don’t know why investing in the team would be a bad thing for the state.

  7. shackdelrio says: Jun 6, 2012 12:09 PM

    “Additionally, McDonnell will also reportedly announce an expansion to the team’s headquarters in Ashburn. Per George Wallace of WTOP, the cost will be $30 million and the governor’s involvement suggests some state money will be included in the deal. ”

    I’ll laugh if state money is included. McDonnell is a fraud just like all the other “tea partiers”.

  8. jwreck says: Jun 6, 2012 12:14 PM

    This doesn’t seem to be much of a story, but the difference between the soaring cost of land in Ashburn and the bargain bin land prices around Richmond is almost certainly a factor. For those complaining about the state funding, while I agree politically, I can virtually guarantee you the state is getting something out of this move (pricey Ashburn land, stimulating the stagnant Richmond economy, who knows?)
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    ramasez says: Jun 6, 2012 11:22 AM

    Ah the Redskins:

    The Team of DC
    Practice in Virgina
    Play in Maryland
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    Yes, that is the nature of the DMV area. Was that supposed to be an insult? Because it kind of sounds like basic geography.

  9. bdawkins20 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    i wonder what danny boy will charge the richmond folks to watch practice? he shoudl write a book. ” how to run a franchise into the ground by hiring has been coaches, bad drafts and lackuster players” have fun in the basement again deadskins. keep hanging those hopes on rgiii, not sure you saw but the giants and eagles defenses led the league in sacks last years so……….

  10. baddegg says: Jun 6, 2012 12:27 PM

    For all those laughing or worried about the move, one might gain some historical perspective.

    Back in the “glory days,” Skins training camp was annually held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that this was when the Redskins made the playoffs every year and won Super Bowls.

    So, there is some perspective for you.

  11. ramasez says: Jun 6, 2012 12:33 PM

    @jwreck Lol you would be the idiot to feel insulted by that, what the DMV ever do to you?

    I’m glad you learned that there close in proximity though, DC schools hasn’t seem to change much at all.

  12. jwreck says: Jun 6, 2012 12:48 PM

    bdawkins20 says: Jun 6, 2012 12:16 PM
    he shoudl write a book. ” how to run a franchise into the ground by hiring has been coaches, bad drafts and lackuster players” have fun in the basement again deadskins. keep hanging those hopes on rgiii, not sure you saw but the giants and eagles defenses led the league in sacks last years so……….
    _____________________
    Sure, maybe it could be a companion volume to Andy Reid’s upcoming tell-all “how to maintain a reputation as a good coach despite winning only one NFC championship with a roster full of pro-bowlers”. And not sure if you saw, but despite a “pitiful” defense and an “awful” offensive line (which was missing three starters by the way), and having Rex Grossman, possibly the least athletic quarterback in the history of the NFL, under center, Washington sacked the “elite” Eli Manning ten times during their two meetings, while the “godlike” Giants defense brought down Sexy Rexy only eight times. Similarly, “unbelievable” Vick and “invincible” Philly D was outsacked 5-3.

    These are facts.

  13. londonfletcher says: Jun 6, 2012 12:50 PM

    Where are they going to practuce, UofR or something? I live in Richmond, and while it may be fun to watch a couple times, this move doesn’t make that much of a difference to me. Get into a good playoff run, then we’ll talk.

  14. macwomack says: Jun 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    bigbluenationdb please worry about your own owner’s management style — he just gave the Union a collusion case on a silver platter (seriously… they used Mara’s quotes in the legal papers).

    Our owner doesn’t have the luxury of the NY/NJ market or publically financed stadium and his valuation is considerably more (#2 according to Forbes).

  15. avallstar says: Jun 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    @bigbluenationdb

    Yes, government spending is being cut in VA, as it should be. Offering incentive for a business to stay in your state is common sense.

    Quick math lesson for liberals. If I spend 0$ but also make $0, what’s my net revenue? Now what if I spend $5 but I make $15? Which one is better?

    You make an investment which will result in more tax revenue for the state.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:07 PM

    Their moving to Bustville Virginia to accomidate their own bust IRG3

  17. dirtydrynn27 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:08 PM

    Why would an Eagles fan bash the Redskins? Sure the Redskins have been mediocre but…….At least The Redskins last Championship was`nt in 1960!

  18. bdawkins20 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:09 PM

    jwreck …
    here are some more facts since snyder owned this team 91 wins and……………117 loses……

  19. pocketsstraight says: Jun 6, 2012 2:05 PM

    @bigbluenationdb — Hmm, why would a COMMONWEALTH (not state) be willing to provide an incentive for a BILLION dollar organization with $120+ Million in yearly salary to continue to operate it’s main business unit within the COMMONWEALTH?

    All the money that the skins earn at FedEx field (which is in Maryland) and all of the player’s salaries are taxable by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  20. cleminem757 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:22 PM

    I love this!! It is only an hour and a half from here!!! Can’t wait. Richmond

  21. cleminem757 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    Richmond is going to get a nice boost from all thefans that will now go to training camp because of how close it is to all of us. I used to go to Carlisle when they were still there, and you could barely find a hotel. At least Richmond is larger and I wont need a hotel again!! HTTR!!!

  22. deangelo23hall says: Jun 6, 2012 2:34 PM

    @bdawkins20

    Here’s another fact for you,

    Redskins – 3 Super Bowls
    Giants – 4 Super Bowls
    Cowboys – 5 Super Bowls

    Eagles – a grand total of 0 Super Bowls.

  23. sj39 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:44 PM

    Just lose for two years.

  24. dmcgrann says: Jun 7, 2012 11:31 AM

    “Going away to camp maximizes the amount of time you can work on football because players don’t have much else to do while living in dorms without their families while camp is in session. Even the switch from driving to walking to work makes it easier to keep everyone on the same page.”
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    That’s what they say, and I won’t argue the point. But there’s no place in the City of Richmond, with the possible exception of Virginia Union, that would allow that to happen. Local media quotes sources as saying that the University of Richmond isn’t being considered because although the vast majority of the campus in in the City, a portion, including some practice fields, is in Henrico County. VCU doesn’t have a football stadium; they could use the old City Stadium where UR used to play, but it isn’t within walking distance from dorms and other facilities. It will be interesting to see what they’ll mash together, but it’s hard to see how they can have everything in a nice neat package like it was at Carlisle.

  25. macwomack says: Jun 7, 2012 12:39 PM

    @bdawkins20

    I find it strange that the eagles fans always say the redksins SB years are the past and irrelevant … fine – agreed.

    Guess what… the Eagles glory days (many an NFC championship apperance w/ zero SB wins) is also in the past…. and likewise irrelevant.

    So recent past Redskins (w/ Rex and no offensive line) 5-11; vs an Eagles “Dream Team” (your term not mine) 8-8. Result = no playoffs for either team.

    Wow keep up the fight… Philly. If you keep talking more (and louder) may be you can convince yourselves that your team wasn’t one of the greatest busts of all time (up there with the 2000 Redskins).

  26. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jun 8, 2012 8:18 AM

    Good. Then the fans can hit up training camp and Busch Gardens in the same day.

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