Move aside, World Cup. Hold your run, baseball. Take a seat, summer-league hoops.
Training camp is about to begin. The Washington Redskins (3-13 in 2013) will be holding a training camp for 2 1/2 weeks at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond for the second straight year.
Fans can watch quarterback Robert Griffin III and his teammates work out ahead of their pivotal 2014 regular season. An economic impact report by the City of Richmond estimates that more than 165,000 fans flooded the facility last summer. The training camp is thought to have had a total economic impact of $10.5 million on the area.
The team estimates that even more attendees are expected to arrive this year at the $10 million facility, which opened last June. Fans will need to register for tickets to attend Fan Appreciation Day, as well as three joint practices with the New England Patriots in early August.
Seven weeks remain until the Redskins kick off the regular season in Houston against the Texans on Sept. 7, which is plenty of time to get ready for good things to come, according to Charles Barr, an avid Washington fan from Richmond. Barr attended training camp last year and said he’s looking forward to dissecting how his favorite team looks so far. He’s been following Washington “seriously” for 20 years now.
“I think this year we’ll probably see even more people, and I’m sure there will be even more to do,” Barr said. “It’s gonna be fun to watch everybody on the field with all the competitions going on. I think it’s a fantastic experience.”
NUTS AND BOLTS
Schedule: Training camp runs from Thursday, July 24 through Aug. 11. The schedule is subject to change, especially if there is inclement weather. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
GPS address: The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is located behind the Science Museum of Virginia at 2401 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, Va. 23220.
Parking: The City of Richmond will offer many parking options for Redskins fans to get to training camp. Parking at City Stadium in Carytown is $7, but includes shuttle service, while all other parking locations are $5 and are within walking distance of the fields.
The full list of available lots, including additional parking for Fan Appreciation Day (Aug. 2), can be found at the Bon Secours website.
Concessions and food: Coolers, outside beverages and food are allowed on the premises. Food and drinks will also be available at the facility.
Seating: There are no bleachers on-site, but fans can watch practice from the three-tier outdoor amphitheater or bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on during practice.
Security: All visitors and bagS entering the grounds are subject to search by team security. Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, firearms, glass bottles, video cameras and animals (excluding certified guide dogs assisting disabled guests) are prohibited.
Fan Appreciation Day and Patriots' practices: Fans will need tickets to attend four of this year's training-camp practices. The days that require tickets are Aug. 2, Fan Appreciation Day, and Aug. 4, 5 and 6, when the New England Patriots will hold joint practices with the Redskins. The team is expecting record attendance, so the ticketing is an attempt to keep crowds reasonable.
Fans can register for tickets at Redskins.com/trainingcamp or send a 3x5 piece of paper with your name, complete street address, email address, phone number and date of birth in a stamped envelope to 2014 Redskins Training Camp Lottery, 21300 Redskin Park Drive, Ashburn, Va. 20147.
The registration deadline is Friday, July 25. If there are more entrants than available tickets, a lottery will be held. Each person may enter to win four tickets to each of four practices at the training center. All other days of training camp will remain unchanged with a first-come, first-served admission policy.
Tentative training camp schedule:
Thursday, July 24 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Friday, July 25 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Saturday, July 26 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Sunday, July 27 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Monday, July 28 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Tuesday, July 29 – No practice- camp is closed
Wednesday, July 30 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Thursday, July 31 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Friday, Aug. 1 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Saturday, Aug. 2 – Fan Appreciation Day – 10:35 a.m. practice
Sunday, Aug. 3 – No practice- camp is closed
Monday, Aug. 4 – 8:35 a.m. practice, 4:10 p.m. walkthrough (Team expected to practice jointly with the New England Patriots)
Tuesday, Aug. 5 – 1:35 p.m. practice (Team expected to practice jointly with the New England Patriots)
Wednesday, Aug. 6 – 8:35 a.m. practice (Team expected to practice jointly with the New England Patriots)
Thursday, Aug. 7 – No practice- Preseason game vs. Patriots at FedEx Field at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8 – No practice- camp is closed
Saturday, Aug. 9 – 2:15 p.m. practice
Sunday, Aug. 10 – 8:35 a.m., 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
Monday, Aug. 11 – 8:35 a.m., 4:10 p.m. walkthrough
For more information: Visit http://www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
2014 Redskins schedule*
Home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Aug. 7 vs. New England Patriots at 7:30 p.m. on WTKR, WRIC and CSN
Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Aug. 23 at Baltimore Ravens at 7:30 p.m. on WTKR, WRIC and CSN
Aug. 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:30 on WTKR, WRIC and CSN
Sept. 7 at Houston Texans at 1 p.m. on Fox
Sept. 14 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at 1 p.m. on CBS
Sept. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. on Fox
Sept. 25 vs. New York Giants at 8:25 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network
Oct. 6 vs. Seattle Seahawks at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Oct. 12 at Arizona Cardinals at 4:25 p.m on Fox
Oct. 19 vs. Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. on CBS
Oct. 27 at Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. on Fox
Nov. 9 is in the team's bye week
Nov. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. on Fox
Nov. 23 at San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Nov. 30 at Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. on Fox
Dec. 7 vs. St. Louis Rams at 1 p.m. on Fox
Dec. 14 at New York Giants at 1 p.m. on Fox
Dec. 20 vs. Philadelphia Eagles at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network
Dec. 28 vs. Dallas Cowboys at 1 p.m. on Fox
*TV and start times subject to change
WR DeSean Jackson
CB Tracy Porter
WR Jerry Rice Jr.
S Tanard Jackson (indefinite suspension)
LB Darryl Tapp
C J.D. Walton
DT Chris Baker, Hampton University (2008)
CB DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech (2001-2003)
CB Chase Minnifield, University of Virginia (2007-2011)
T Morgan Moses, University of Virginia (2010-2013)
LB Akeem Jordan, James Madison (2004-2007)
CB Courtney Bridget Jr., Hampton (2011-2013)
Sept. 21 – Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Why? DeSean Jackson will be looking to run rings around his former Philly teammates this year since the organization released him after his best statistical season. His homecoming in the City of Brotherly Love could be less than friendly.
Dec. 28 – Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Why? No matter what Washington's record is in Week 17, the Redskins will be itching to ruin the 2014 playoff hopes for their bitter NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins are 2-2 in the past four seasons at FedEx Field against Dallas, with last year's loss coming in the last 68 seconds via a DeMarco Murray touchdown.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Robert Griffin III – After a disappointing 3-13 season, the third-year quarterback will have to trust that his offensive line can do its job in keeping him in the pocket for longer. He was sacked 38 times in 2013, eight more than in his rookie season, and new coach Jay Gruden and his staff want to change that.
WR DeSean Jackson – After six impressive years in Philadelphia, Jackson should emerge as one of Griffin's favorite targets. Following his third Pro Bowl selection, Jackson (16.2 yards per reception, 60 first downs in 2013) has what it takes to reignite what was a stagnant Redskins offense last year.
S Ryan Clark – He'll turn 35 this season, but Clark may turn out to be one of the most important additions to the Redskins' defense. He'll provide leadership and a wise head to a Washington secondary that no longer can lean on retired LB London Fletcher.
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