Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that team management is looking for ways to improve the Ashburn, Va., headquarters, and the completion of a practice bubble is only the first step of that project.
The new indoor facility, which will enable the team to move practices inside when weather is bad, houses a 120-yard field and has a ceiling high enough for punters and kickers to kick the ball without problems.
In addition to dodging weather, the structure will help the Redskins prepare for road games at noisy domes, Allen said.
“We’ve been looking at different ways to improve Redskins Park, to improve our football team, and we feel like this will give us a great opportunity to work when we have inclement weather,” Allen said. “And when you think of our opening game . . . we open in New Orleans, in that dome. That is a loud place. And our practices that week, we’ll be able to simulate what a dome really is versus those speakers you’ve seen on the field the last few years.”
Allen said the upgrades to the entire complex remain incomplete, however.
“We’re still looking at ways to upgrade our facility. It really is looking for ways to maximize the players’ health and the efficiency — how we work. We have some other ideas, and we hope to announce those later this season.”
The team has explored options of moving headquarters to either Prince George’s County or the District, but just how realistic those prospects are remain unclear.
When asked if the upgrades would allow the Redskins to remain in Ashburn rather than move elsewhere, Allen said, “We’re hoping.”
From D.C. Sports Bog