Boy does Richmond know how to make a statement.
When training camp first opened on Thursday, a record-setting crowd of 10,100 diehard Washington Redskins fans filled the Bon Secours Training Center.
Then, on Friday night after the completion of the second day of training camp, the team hosted the first Redskins Rally here in Richmond at The Westin.
Fans decked out in burgundy and gold jerseys ranging from a vintage Darrell Green replica to the ever-so-popular Robert Griffin III version, were all smiles as they kindled new relationships formed by their shared love of the team.
Redskins faithful, however, weren’t the only ones to swing by.
Executive vice president and general manager Bruce Allen was on hand and spoke about his appreciation for the city opening its arms to the team.
Training camp is the first opportunity for fans to see the team after a long, excruciating stretch of no football.
For Richmond residents, who live over 100 miles away from the team’s headquarters and training camp site over the past few years in Ashburn, the chance to see the Washington Redskins in their city has extended their team passion to unprecedented levels.
“We really appreciate the love that we have received in Richmond,” Allen said. “Just so you know, when we made this deal, the city was hoping we’d have 100,000 fans see our practices between [July 25th] and August 16th.”
We’ve already had 20,000. We’re going to have 100,000 in a week and it’s because of you great fans that that’s going to happen.”
The Voice of the Washington Redskins Larry Michael was also in attendance as the MC, letting fans know that they won various Redskins affiliated items to include tickets to both preseason home games at FedExField and signed merchandise. Each attendee also received a free ‘Hail Yeah’ rally towel.
If you missed out on yesterday’s amazing event—no worries. There will be two more Redskins Rally events on Friday August 2nd and 9th with details to follow soon on Redskins.com.
Check out the full gallery of the rally here.
The Washington Redskins have thoroughly enjoyed the southern hospitality Richmond has provided.
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