Redskins training center opens

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is officially open.

There was no shortage of pomp and circumstance at the training center grand opening Monday. Dignitaries from across the city and across the state came to see their at times hotly debated game plan come to life.

For the City of Richmond, the grand opening of the Washington Redskins Training Center, amounts to a touchdown, maybe even the high of a Superbowl win.

"All of the work that we've done allows us to say we're proud to present to you today the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center," Mayor Dwight Jones said. "It is done."

That $10 million center has two professional-quality fields, locker rooms, a training room and spectator areas. A total of 17 days of team practice sessions will be open to the public for free.

"The Washington Redskins have dedicated themselves to enhancing life for everybody and coming here to Richmond will give us an opportunity to be able to showcase our great athletes to so many more people from such a broader area," legendary 'Skins quarterback Joe Theismann explained.

Some fans even came for this press conference. Given the number of people expected to attend training camp, NBC12 wanted to know what police are doing to make sure it is safe and if more money will be needed for security.

"Obviously there might be a bump in terms of cost for that security but we don't want this wonderful opportunity to be spoiled by any type of public safety issues and so we'll do whatever it takes," Mayor Jones added.

So far, there have been several "huddles" for law enforcement in the city and surrounding jurisdictions. Those safety strategy sessions will continue as the team makes its grand entrance to the river city.

We also learned today where the Redskins will be staying while they're in town. According to Theismann, the team is staying at The Omni downtown.

The Redskins are coming to town July 25th. Officials say training camp is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans and an estimated economic impact of $8.5 million annually.

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