RICHMOND—Construction on the Redskins’ new training camp facility is underway.
With bulldozers moving dirt and concrete mixers whirring in the background, the city hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the future site of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, which will serve as the team’s training camp home beginning in July.
The $9 million facility, located on a 12-acre lot behind the Science Museum, will feature side-by-side professional-grade football fields, a third field for drills, spectator areas and locker rooms. There will also be an athletic training and meeting rooms for the players.
In addition to enjoying the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said the other major plus of moving camp two hours away will be team building.
“When you go away for training camp, players get that camaraderie that you can’t get when you stay at your home facility,” Allen said. “It’s going to allow the players to bond in a secluded area away from home.”
Allen was joined by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones at the ceremony.
The Redskins have committed to hosting their training camp in Richmond for the next eight seasons. The team’s facility in Ashburn, its training camp home from 2003-2012, still will serve as the franchise's year-round headquarters.
Thursday was Day 20 of the project, which is scheduled to be completed in early June.