The Washington Redskins are exploring the possibility of holding training camp in Richmond, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
The Redskins since last year have sought to find a location away from their Ashburn headquarters to hold their summer training camp, but attempts to find a suitable location thus far have failed.
The team last month ruled out George Mason University as a camp site, but has continued to look at other possibilities. Redskins officials have been in discussions with the city of Richmond for the last month and a half, according to a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In the story, Richmond mayor Dwight C. Jones confirmed the discussions have been held, but Jones’ press secretary, Tammy D. Hawley said that the city is only one of several locations under consideration.
Neither Jones, nor Hawley immediately returned messages seeking comment. When asked about the matter, Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said only, “We’re exploring all options.”
Members of the Redskins brass met with Richmond officials Wednesday, and are reviewed facilities the city has to offer, including the Richmond City Stadium, Virginia Commonwealth University’s sports medicine facilities, the Richmond Convention Center and area hotels.
The Redskins have held training camp in Ashburn since 2003, but Coach Mike Shanahan – entering his third season with the team -- prefers to get away from team headquarters for the four weeks of training camp.
The Redskins held training camp at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., from 1963-94 and in 2001 and 2002. They held training camp Frostburg State University (where Washington had camp from 1995-99.