Redskins’ training camp facility: Better photos and early impressions if you’re thinking about going

It may be yesterday’s news — and even then, we’re stretching the definition of ‘news’ — but John McDonnell’s a professional photographer, and I am not. His photos of the training camp facility in Richmond offer a much better look at what the Redskins are building than what we posted yesterday:

If you’re thinking about going, here are my general impressions on things that aren’t covered in the team’s official FAQ:

The site is incredibly easy to get to, coming from the north. Get off I-95 at exit 78, pass The Diamond, go over the bridge, hang a left and you’re there. It’s a shade over a mile off the highway.

Attendance is free, which sounds great. However, no seating is provided and parking could become an issue. The city says it will charge $5 to park at local lots, and $7 to park at City Stadium and ride a shuttle. The facility is in an area of the city where, outside of The Diamond, home of the Flying Squirrels minor league baseball team, parking options don’t seem to be apparent. But it’s also about a mile down Broad St. from where VCU plays its basketball games, and they manage to get folks in and out of the Siegel Center.

Richmond has bus service but no Subway. There aren’t going to be many options to get around without driving. The only attraction in walking distance might be the science museum, which is adjacent to the Redskins’ facility.

There is enough to do in the metro area to make it worth an overnight trip though. Staying downtown would put you closer to the nightlife of Shockoe Bottom, and staying north of the city near RIR, Ashland or Doswell would put you close to King’s Dominion. The training camp is a couple miles from city attractions like Carytown and Maymont Park.

The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center — the facility’s official name — is 115 miles from Ashburn and 118 from FedEx Field. Drive time, of course, will depend on traffic and where you live in the D.C. area. The facility is closer to Norfolk (95 miles) than The White House (105 miles). Baltimore is 145 miles away, Rockville 120, Woodbridge 85, Fredericksburg 55.

There are 11 open practices, including Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 3, before the first preseason game against the Titans, and six afterward. The first day of training camp is a Thursday, and it will run over three weekends, for those who want to get to Richmond without taking a day off of work.

We’ll share some more comprehensive thoughts on how to attend Redskins training camp as July 25 nears.

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Mark Maske · May 21, 2013