RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) — The site of the Washington Redskins’ much-anticipated new training center held a pre-opening event Monday to show off the new Richmond facility.
Virginia officials, Redskins cheerleaders, and legendary quarterback Joe Theismann were on hand to celebrate the opening of the $10 million Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, the new home of the Redskins summer training camp.
The training center — which boasts two full-size natural grass fields, a natural grass drill field, spectator areas, locker rooms and a high-tech training room — opens to the public July 25, with the start of the Redskins training camp, which runs through Aug. 16.
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In addition to hosting Redskins training camp, Bon Secours Virginia Health System also will operate the facility as a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation and men’s health center on the property throughout the year when camp is not in session.
The city says the facility will be available for a variety of sporting events, youth programming, and tournaments when camp is not in session, and also will include a new city park with a multi-tier outdoor amphitheater and walking trails.
The Redskins’ three-week training camp is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans and bring tourism opportunities and an estimated economic impact of $8.5 million annually to Richmond.
Washington’s training camp will offer two practice sessions tentatively scheduled for each day, highlighted by Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 3. Admission is free for all fans.