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Redskins Adjust To Expanded Facility

The $30 million renovation to the year-round facility was finished earlier this month and includes a new cafeteria, an expanded weight room and a hydrotherapy area with an underwater treadmill.

The before-and-after look of the back of the Redskins’ main facility in Redskins Park. (ZAC BOYER|The Free Lance-Star)

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – When it’s time to eat, Brian Orakpo feels out of place wearing flip-flops downstairs to the team’s cafeteria.

“We’ve got a gourmet chef now,” Orakpo said Wednesday. “All we’re missing is the host when we first get down there. But it’s great. It’s great to have this food here, man.”

The Redskins spent $30 million on a renovation to Redskins Park, which was part of the deal the team cut with local and state government last year to move training camp to Richmond.

That renovation began during the spring and was finished earlier this month, with players having their first opportunity to check out the facility for the first time when they came back from training camp last week.

Linebacker London Fletcher said the facility now has “some things we definitely needed around here.”

Improvements included a larger weight room, a hydrotherapy area, a room for press conferences and the kitchen, where food used to be catered and served on a basketball court. Now, in addition to the chef, there’s also a protein bar and a juice bar.

The building was constructed in 1992 and was considered woefully out of date with modern facilities. Earlier this month, the Cowboys announced plans to construct a $115 million facility in Frisco, a suburb of Dallas.

Among the additions were a hot tub and cold tub, an underwater treadmill and new weights and other equipment. The team even landscaped the outside to make it visually appealing.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who sprained his right foot in the Redskins’ preseason victory over the Steelers on Monday, joked that he’ll be able to take full advantage of the new amenities given his injury.

“I don’t know how much you all have seen, but between the cafeteria and the hot and cold tub and the underwater treadmill, which I think I’m gonna put to use here later today, the weight room – it’s spectacular. When you get injured, you really start to appreciate the improved facilities.”

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