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Plans for 'Skins facility post-training camp

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NBC12 is investigating what happens to the Washington Redskins training camp facility and what fans can expect for next year's session, now that the three and a half week camp is finished.

Obviously, the team doesn't take everything with them back to Maryland. The bricks and mortar and grass of the center built specially for them will still be here. Officials told us Friday the public can expect a lot from it now that the team is gone.

Through the eyes of an eight-year-old, a trip to the last day of training camp is like being in a small piece of football heaven.

"It was packed, a lot of Redskins jerseys a lot of Redskins hats, a lot of Redskins stuff," Hutton Ward exclaimed.

But not for long, Charlotte Perkins with Bon Secours says that sports environment will stay, but now with a special health emphasis. The facility will house sports medicine and rehab, along with a men's health center.

"What better place to have a men's health facility then right here and how macho is it to get your annual checkup right here on the field that the Washington Redskins played on," she explained.

While the ‘Skins played on those fields, it wasn't always a touchdown for visitors.

On the special appreciation day for fans, they told us it was too crowded and muddy and there were accessibility issues. Perkins says Bon Secours, the ‘Skins and the city will be sitting down to figure out improvements in the interim.

NBC12 also uncovered safety concerns during training camp. We asked police and city leaders about how RPD moved around officers to staff posts outside of camp and who paid for those positions.

Chief Ray Tarasovic told us this year, there were no dangers and the money came out of his budget, not from the team.

A police spokesman said Friday, there is always discussion on department operations after large events in the city. We are still waiting for concrete details on what, if any changes will be made for next year and the next seven years the skins are contracted to be in the river city.

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