The Washington Redskins begin their training camp in Ashburn tomorrow, with practices open to the public through Aug. 11. Fan Appreciation Day, featuring an autograph session with players and coaches, performances by the team's marching band and cheerleaders, and games for children, including "Dress Like a Redskins Player," will be Friday.
Gates at Redskins Park open at 7 a.m. for morning practices and at 3 p.m. for afternoon sessions. Practices typically last between 90 minutes and two hours.
All open sessions are free, as is parking. Seating is not available, so spectators should bring chairs. Picnic tables will be set up, and food and drinks sold. Fans can also bring coolers (alcohol is barred). The team allows photos but not videos.
Visitors can walk in designated areas around the practice fields to watch the action. Players often sign autographs after practices, but there is no guarantee specific players will be available.
No pets or other animals are allowed except for guide dogs.
The team asks spectators to fill out a form for a "Training Camp Fan Invitation" at www.redskins.com, so the team will know how many fans to expect each day. Invitations will be collected at the gate.
The practice schedule:
Monday, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m.; Friday, Fan Appreciation Day (time to be announced); Aug. 8-9, 4:30 p.m.; and Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m.
At noon on Saturday, the Redskins will hold a scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Washington will play two preseason games at FedEx Field in Landover: on Aug. 19 against the Cincinnati Bengals and on Aug. 26 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Call the Redskins' Training Camp Hotline at 703-726-7411 for schedule updates.
-- LESLIE SHEPHERD
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