At a time when pro sports teams are having a hard time getting public money, the Redskins finagled a brand-new training camp location in Richmond, Virginia. According to the Mechanicsville (Virginia) Local, the $10.8 million facility is scheduled to be completed by June 30.
The project has been fully funded by the Richmond Economic Development Authority, which initially approved $10 million for the facility but recently had to come up with an additional $800,000. The Redskins are contributing nothing but their presence, which is expected to attract $8.5 million annually in tourism, hotel, and restaurant dollars.
It’s amazing that more teams don’t make similar if-you-build-it-we-will-come offers to the communities in their home market. All it takes is one city to say yes and, voila, the team has a free-of-charge place to conduct training camp.
And if they need any appliances or other accessories that can be purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond, the Redskins need only ask their starting quarterback to open up a new registry.