RICHMOND, Va. – With more than 25,000 visitors to the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond on Saturday, fan attendance has surpassed the 100,000 mark through the first week of Redskins training camp, the team announced in a press release.
“Richmond is Redskins Country! We knew Virginia loved the ‘Skins, and today we can give 100,000 examples of just how much,” Va. Governor Bob McDonnell said in the release. “Through the hard work of so many individuals from the Redskins to Mayor Dwight Jones and his staff to the great people at Bon Secours, the Commonwealth has won already, a month before the NFL season even kicks off.”
“The Redskins have a world class training facility, Richmond is the place to be for football fans this August, and Virginia’s long and important relationship with a storied NFL franchise has only deepened,” McDonnell continued. “I hope fans have a great time today, and as Governor of Virginia, it’s my pleasure to say ‘Hail to the Redskins!'”
Photos: Redskins Training Camp
“Today marks a historic day in our franchise’s history,” said Washington Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder. “With the leadership of Bon Secours Health System, combined with the support from Governor McDonnell, Mayor Jones, and our other outstanding community partners, we were able to bring this unforgettable fan experience to Richmond. Together, we will continue to break records and set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in professional sports.”
Fans enjoyed multiple performances by the Redskins Marching Band and Cheerleaders prior to Redskins’ Fan Appreciation Day practice, which included individual drills, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills. Following practice, every Redskins player and coach signed autographs, took pictures and mingled with fans.
“The City of Richmond is proud to be the backdrop for this record-breaking week in Redskins Summer Training Camp history,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I want to thank Richmond residents, all the city and state employees, the area businesses, the volunteers and the fans for working together to ensure the success of this maiden Redskins voyage into RVA. We look forward to enjoying the remainder of Training Camp and to welcoming the Redskins back for years to come.”
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