Redskins to move training camp to Richmond in 2013

Published: Jun. 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Washington Redskins will move their summer training camp to Richmond in 2013 for "at least 8 years," according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

A site for the training camp remains to be determined.

In announcing the move, Gov. Bob McDonnell said the team also will retain its corporate headquarters in Ashburn, and will expand its existing training facility there.

"Virginia considers the Redskins our team," McDonnell said in a statement. "The team is based here. The team trains here. The players live here," he said, adding, "Virginia is committed to keeping the Redskins right here in our state for years to come, and today we've taken a significant step toward accomplishing that goal."

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said, "The Washington Redskins bringing their summer training camp to Richmond is beyond exciting. This will have a great economic impact for Richmond and the region!"

On March 7, Redskins representatives toured City Stadium, after team executives expressed an interest in re-locating the four-week training camp from its current location at Redskins Park in Ashburn.

A source said the team will consider "a handful" of sites in Richmond, but Robins Stadium at the University of Richmond was not among them.

NBC12's Andy Jenks and Matt Lincoln will provide live coverage of Gov. Bob McDonnell's news conference when it begins at approximately 1:20 p.m.

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