Mike Shanahan Confirms Team Looking At Potential Richmond Sites
ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan confirmed Wednesday that the Washington Redskins, led by general manager Bruce Allen, have been looking at “three or four potential sites” to host the team’s training camp beginning next summer.
Allen and team representatives met with Richmond mayor Dwight Jones on Aug. 5 to discuss the relocation of the three-week summer camp session.
“I can’t tell you for sure, but I think talking to Bruce, they’ve got three or four potential sites and he feels very confident that we’ll get something done and we’ll get it done the right way,” Shanahan, the Redskins’ head coach, said.
The state agreed to a financial package in June that would move training camp to Richmond in exchange for state assistance in renovating Redskins Park, the team’s year-round headquarters.
Virginia would make a $4 million investment and Loudoun County would grant $2 million, while Richmond has set aside $400,000 to fund capital improvements at the training camp site. The team is planning to put $30 million toward renovations of its existing facility, Redskins Park, which was constructed in the early 1990s.
A spokesman for the University of Richmond said early last week he was not aware of any negotiations between the school and the team over the weekend, but referred all questions to the mayor’s office.
“They knew that to have one of the most valuable franchises in America and to be able to keep pace with other world-class facilities that have world-class players, some upgrades needed to be done,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said on Aug. 4 while in attendance for the Redskins’ Fan Appreciation Day. “So part of our agreement was a significant investment, about $30 million, by the Washington Redskins that will take place here to expand and upgrade their training facilities.”