Redskins moving training camp to Richmond starting in 2013

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Team also expanding, improving Redskins Park

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan got his wish. The Redskins will hold training camp away from their Ashburn, Va., facility starting next summer.

But Loudoun County also got its wish. The Redskins will expand their headquarters in Ashburn, ensuring they will stay there for years to come.

The team and the state announced Wednesday that the Redskins will conduct training camp in Richmond starting in 2013, though the site remains undetermined. And Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell already has approved an initial $4 million "performance-based grant to support the retention and expansion" of Redskins Park.

Shanahan had stated a desire to hold camp elsewhere since coming to Washington in 2010, wanting to create a stronger bond among the players. Washington has held camp at Ashburn for most of the past 12 years, save for a two-year stint in Carlisle, Pa. They trained in Frostburg, Md., before returning here in 2000.

Other locales had tried to entice the Redskins to move their headquarters, including the District and Bowie State. Their stadium lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027. As that lease nears its end, there will be more attempts to get the Redskins to move their facility out of Virginia.

Redskins Park opened in 1992, and it has undergone a number of renovations since Dan Snyder purchased the team in 1999. They opened an indoor practice facility last month. Speaking on ESPN 980, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said they will upgrade the weight room and the technology in the building.

Allen called Northern Virginia a "great home for over half the life of the franchise."

Said Allen: "At this time in order to make a more seamless transition instead of trying to pick up roots and move 60 players and 25 coaches and everything else, we felt the best thing to do was remodel what we have here, make this facility state of the art."

McDonnell said in a release, "Virginia considers the Redskins our team. Virginia is committed to keeping the Redskins right here in our state for years to come, and today we've taken a significant step towards accomplishing that goal."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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John Keim

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