In a huge financial windfall for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that the Washington Redskins will retain its headquarters in the state, and continue its expansion and improvement of the training facility in Loudoun County.
As part of this announcement, the Governor said the team, which is the only pro franchise headquartered in Virginia, will be working with the City of Richmond to identify a suitable training camp site to hold summer OTA’s beginning in 2013.
The team has had a major economic impact on the state, with recent data showing that the team supports almost 2,000 jobs in Virginia, directly and indirectly. The team also generates nearly $200 million in economic activity for the state and over $100 million annually in player salaries, which provides $9.8 million in state and local tax revenue.
As for the training camp move, the Richmond expansion should create 393 jobs during construction, while generating up to $52.8 million in total economic activity. Redskins Park alone is visited by approximately 20,000 people a year who spend nearly $3.4 million on goods and services during their visits.
“Virginia considers the Redskins our team,” said Governor McDonnell. “The team is based here. The team trains here. The players live here.” The governor made a point to emphasize how important the team is to the state, not just from a financial standpoint, but from a personal level.
“Virginians root for the Redskins on the field, and off the field the team contributes greatly to the economy and culture of the Commonwealth. This is a positive and exciting development for football fans from Loudoun County to Richmond to Virginia Beach.”
McDonnell went on to discuss in further detail the economic impact of being home to one of the highest grossing franchises in all of professional sports, then added, “More than anything, it means Virginia will remain ‘Redskins Country’. “
Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Redskins Bruce Allen, took time to speak on the improvements made to modernize FedEx Field and Redskins Park to ensure a “best-in-class” game day experience for the fans and players alike, and how appreciative the team is to keep its Virginia legacy alive and fertile.
“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia that my father established 41 years ago.”
And of course, the state’s capital couldn’t be more ecstatic about the spreading of the almighty Redskins dollar, with Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones commenting, “The Washington Redskins bringing their summer training camp to Richmond is beyond exciting. This will have a great economic impact for Richmond and the region!” Jones also made sure to close with a hearty, “Hail to the Redskins!”
No plans have been announced as to what sites exactly the team is eyeballing for a new potential Training Camp home.
As further details unfold, be sure to tune into 106.7 The Fan for updates from Redskins reporter Grant Paulsen.