The Redskins will be moving their 2013 training camp to Richmond, while also expanding and improving their current headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia.
Governor Bob McDonnell made those announcements on Wednesday morning, saying in a statement, “Virginia considers the Redskins our team. The team is based here. The team trains here. The players live here. Virginians root for the Redskins on the field, and off the field the team contributes greatly to the economy and culture of the Commonwealth. Virginia is committed to keeping the Redskins right here in our state for years to come, and today we’ve taken a significant step towards accomplishing that goal.”
It’s still unknown where the team will train in Richmond.
It’s no secret that Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has wanted to move the team’s training camp away from the team’s Asburn-complex, where it’s been held consistently since Steve Spurrier was hired as head coach back in 2002. Shanahan has talked about wanting his team to train away from Redskins Park since his introductory press conference back in early January, 2010.
The expansions of Redskins Park shouldn’t come as a major surprise either, considering that the facility is now 20 years-old. An indoor practice facility was just opened for practice-use this offseason, and now it looks like additional measures will be taken to make sure that the Redskins’ Loudon County home continues to more closely resemble the home complex’s of other teams.
“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia that my father established 41 years ago,” said Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, via written statement. “We are proud to call Loudoun County the home of Redskins Park. In conjunction with the governor’s office and the City of Richmond, we also look forward to finding a great summer training camp facility in the city for both our team and our fans to enjoy.”