The Washington Redskins may have come up short in their quest for a Super Bowl title this past season, but the team and its fans still have something to look forward to: a new summer home. In July, the pro football team will leave behind its training facility in Ashburn for a $10 million complex in Richmond.
Richmond city leaders, representatives of Bon Secours Virginia Health System and team officials joined other dignitaries on Feb. 14 to break ground on the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Those attending included Gov. Bob McDonnell, Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Bon Secours CEO Peter Bernard and Bruce Allen, executive vice president & general manager of the National Football League franchise.
Located on a 17-acre site behind the Science Museum of Virginia, the facility will include two full-sized football fields, a practice field, a gymnasium and locker rooms, as well as improved amenities for fans.
Part of an economic development deal between the city and Bon Secours, the complex will bring $40 million investment and several hundred jobs to Richmond. The project team includes Hourigan Construction, 3North and the Timmons Group.
The Redskins are committed to spend three weeks at the training center for a minimum of eight years. One hundred thousand fans are expected to visit the complex, which backers say will inject $8.5 million into the local economy.
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