The wait is over; it’s been a long, arduous hiatus since February. However, everyone can heave a sigh of relief: Football is back! The Washington Redskins have dashed down from D.C. to the River City for another summer of training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in downtown Richmond, and there are plenty of reasons to attend football festivities from now until August 16th!
Training camp is a time for fans to meet their favorite athletes, snap a selfie, snag an autograph, shake hands, or just plain gawk at the sheer size of these mammoth men. Remember to bring a sharpie and your favorite Redskins gear for a personalized keepsake.
Free Family Fun
Arguably the biggest allure of Redskins training camp is the cost: $0.00. Attendance is free, great for families (if you can stand the heat and the crowds), and readily offers food and beverage concessions for visitors to take in the sights and sounds by standing or sitting and watching from the facilities three-tier outdoor amphitheater overlooking the football fields.
Where’s your game face? Stock up on paint and join the social media fun by snapping a picture of your best Redskin’s fan attire and makeup and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #RVACampFace for the chance to win tickets to a Redskins preseason game and have your winning Game Face on the video board at Fedex Field. Four grand prize winners are selected so get painting!
The Big Show
It’s a harsh reality, but the Richmond Region isn’t a hotbed of professional sports. The Flying Squirrels and Kickers and Raiders provide a fun sports outing environment, but this is a real opportunity for people visiting the Richmond Region to watch athletes at the highest level of their profession perform their craft!
The Redskins are offering a unique opportunity for fans from far and wide to become a permanent part of Redskins team lore with their Buy-A-Brick program. Fans are given the opportunity to purchase a personalized brick that will be featured on a walkway at the training facility for all to see. All proceeds fund youth programs at the facility!
Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA. Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.