It’s official – the nearly $9 million Redskins training facility will be built in Richmond and is projected to be up and running by July 2013. The training camp will be built on a 17-acre lot leased by the state on Leigh Street, behind the Science Museum. The Redskins will use the facility three weeks a year, starting this summer, and have agreed to be in Richmond for 8 years. The city is hoping that the Redskins will renew its option after that time period. City officials and many raving supporters of this endeavor hope that the added tourism will boost revenues to area businesses. It is anticipated that the Redskins training camp will attract 100,000 visitors to the city each year, making an $8.5 million economic impact in our area.
The training facility will be open to the public, when not in use by the Redkins, though the specifics of what this entails is not known. The Redskins have agreed to continue its Fan Appreciation Day each year, at the end of the training camp. Bon Secours, a major sponsor of the training camp, will also be completing two major hospital expansions in the area. Whether you are a fan of the Redskins or not, this project has the potential to generate more jobs in the area and, hopefully, strengthen area businesses.