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Redskins training-camp facility moving closer to completion

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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.

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18 Responses to “Redskins training-camp facility moving closer to completion”
  1. logicalvoicesayz says: May 26, 2013 11:00 PM

    The best team in Maryland has actually won Super Bowls when the average NFL fan was alive.

    #Ravens-own-DelMarVa

  2. mcarey032 says: May 26, 2013 11:04 PM

    I can sense the love for the redskins on this site. Nice little dig on RGIII. So the Redskins shouldn’t accept this “gift” from the city? This will help strengthen the fanbase in Va which don’t get to see the redskins other than on TV.

  3. lakermetskins says: May 26, 2013 11:12 PM

    Will the field be better maintained than FedEx’s?

  4. commonsensedude says: May 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    Richmond is right in the heart of Skins country and I think it’s good they’ll be hosting training camp. It will drive the local economy as a lot of folks will gladly make the one to two hour drive to go see them train (I will). And of course, fans have to eat and have a place to sleep or buy gas for the trip back. They’ll make the money back easily.

  5. riggo44rg3 says: May 26, 2013 11:43 PM

    The funny thing is the Ravens built their stadium on the Maryland taxpayer’s back. When Jack Kent Cooke built FedEx Field in Raljon MD he paid for it with little to no impact on the Maryland taxpayer. It wasn’t due to a lack of interest from PG County Govt. and Maryland State legislature to contribute, Mr Cooke was just a class act who believed in giving the fans and the community a great product in return for incredible fan support, which relates to profits.

    HTTR! The team in Maryland with the brightest future, biggest and best fan base and, by far the most valuable franchise! C’mon Baltimorons, bring it on, you still have learned to act like you’ve been here before. Small town mentality, small time fans!

  6. officialgame says: May 26, 2013 11:56 PM

    I don’t believe public money should be used for professional sports teams under any circumstances. Study after study has cited the economic impact to be minimal at best. Most city’s Richmond included are in dire financial straights.

  7. markywahlberg says: May 27, 2013 12:09 AM

    Good for Richmond for reeling in the skins, place has been a toilet since the 70′s.

    I wonder what local steakhouse the Dan plans on unhinging his jaw at. Eat up Dan

  8. clw1906 says: May 27, 2013 12:13 AM

    Nice professional bed bath and beyond reference. Probably why you have so many trolls responding on this site a reflection of the writers perhaps?

  9. ketch20too says: May 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    Richmond will never recover the money spent..the biggest beneficiary here is the “not for profit” Bon Secours Health System. (Long past time to revisit THAT designation)
    Site is close enough to downtown to create traffic headaches during training camp

  10. lagg1 says: May 27, 2013 6:01 AM

    You can call Jack kent Cooke a class act all you want I have my own opinion. As far as your stadium is concerned, I have been there and it is a DUMP. You can’t tailgate (Ravens stadium and environs is rated the best in the NFL) plus walk across the parking lot. But typical Washington pinheads (riggo44rg3)-grow up. You have been this way since Unitas took the Colts to 3 titles. If you think we are jealous of DC, you should come to Johns Hopkins to get your head examined. We could care less of what you think.

  11. pinchekeith says: May 27, 2013 6:16 AM

    Broke taxpayers funding the practice facility for a billion dollar company…. Makes sense.

  12. boogymanoflamancha says: May 27, 2013 7:56 AM

    To keep the facility training like their home games, the field surface is painted dirt.

  13. kerryc21realty says: May 27, 2013 8:04 AM

    The redskins have made some great decisions since shannahan was hired. They will be a force in this league for years to come. Sorry ravens, the Redskins are by far the more popular better run organization now

  14. S.Nevada says: May 27, 2013 8:37 AM

    What garbage.

    I’m sure you thought the bed, bath, and beyond joke was cute, but this will be my last visit to this site. Hack.

  15. oranjellojones says: May 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    -If you think we are jealous of DC, you should come to Johns Hopkins to get your head examined. We could care less of what you think.-

    So you actually care…didn’t you mean COULDN’T care less? You keep telling yourself that Skyrat fan, whatever gets you through the night. Meanwhile the trend of Redskins fans only mentioning Baltimore when Skyrat fans bleat about the Redskins/Washington will continue. Baltimore is and always has been a dump that is at best a glorified rest stop on the way to NYC from Washington and at worst the STD capital of the world. Point of fact you simply don’t matter to Washingtonians who live in the most powerful and important city in the world and have a team that has given them 6 Championships including 3 Lombardis and ten trips to NFL Championship games.

  16. woodbridgekid73 says: May 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    The traffic will be a 100% better in Richmond then it will be is Ashburn.

  17. corvusrex96 says: May 27, 2013 6:05 PM

    I see Richmond didn’t demand that they change their name

  18. musicman495 says: May 28, 2013 12:35 AM

    You can call Jack kent Cooke a class act all you want I have my own opinion. As far as your stadium is concerned, I have been there and it is a DUMP. You can’t tailgate (Ravens stadium and environs is rated the best in the NFL) plus walk across the parking lot. But typical Washington pinheads (riggo44rg3)-grow up. You have been this way since Unitas took the Colts to 3 titles. If you think we are jealous of DC, you should come to Johns Hopkins to get your head examined. We could care less of what you think.
    ———————
    The Redskins won their first two NFL titles when Johnny Unitas was still wearing short pants. Perhaps those who troll postings about other teams, and pine for franchises that left town 30 years ago need to look in the mirror about who needs to “grow up.”

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