As the Washington Redskins kick off their final practice in Richmond Friday morning, we recap what was a successful first training camp.
It is set to begin at 10:35 a.m. By the afternoon, the Redskins will pack up, and spend the rest of the preseason in Ashburn, VA.
One of the main points of opening camp in Richmond was to re-capture part of the team's fan base in the area. Their target consists of fans that had a hard time getting up to the D.C. area, dealing with the beltway, and driving to Ashburn. In that respect, the team was definitely successful.
Total attendance for this year's training camp was more than 155,000. That's more than the entire population of Richmond. Daily attendance was more than 10,000 on average. So, there is certainly fan support.
The team itself became fans of the beautiful Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The facility was generally regarded as bigger and more accommodating than the Ashburn setup.
The new question, as things rap up in here in Richmond is, what can be added to the facility going forward?
There are tentative plans to add an indoor practice facility. This idea arose after crews had to use a chopper to hover over one of the fields to dry it out, following a heavy rain.
After Friday's practice, there will be a no helmet walk as the team breaks camp. General Manager Bruce Allen is scheduled to address the media as well, to wrap the three week Richmond road trip.
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