Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Washington Redskins will relocate their summer training camp to within the City of Richmond, Va., effective in 2013.
The governor also announced that the team will retain and expand its headquarters and training facility in Ashburn, Va.
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According to a release from Governor Bob McDonnell’s office, the Redskins will begin working with the City of Richmond to identify a suitable training camp site to hold summer training camp practices in the city.
According to the release, the City of Richmond is considering a number of locations for the Redskins’ training camp and will “make further announcements regarding that process in the days and weeks ahead.”
The team is currently holding its training camp in Ashburn.
“In conjunction with the governor’s office and the City of Richmond, we also look forward to finding a great summer training camp facility in the city for both our team and our fans to enjoy,” Bruce Allen, Redskins executive vice president and general manager, said in the release.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said that bringing the Redskins training camp to Richmond is “beyond exciting.”
“This will have a great economic impact for Richmond and the region,” Jones said in the release. “I thank the owners and the senior executives of the Redskins for their ongoing work with us to determine the right facilities to meet the team’s needs. I thank Governor McDonnell for his leadership.”
According to the release, the expansion of the Redskins training facility in Ashburn is estimated to support 393 jobs during construction. The existing corporate headquarters supports 350 jobs and $2.2 million in state and local revenue — not including the corporate income tax paid by the team.
“During the last two years the Washington Redskins have made significant improvements to modernize FedEx Field and Redskins Park, ensuring a best-in-class game day experience for our fans and an excellent training environment for our players,” Allen said. “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia that my father established 41 years ago. We are proud to call Loudoun County the home of Redskins Park.”
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