The Washington Redskins kicked off their training camp in Ashburn on Monday, with practices open to the public through next Thursday. 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," is tomorrow morning.
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. The facility has picnic tables, and food and drinks are sold. Fans can also bring coolers (alcohol is prohibited). Still cameras are allowed, but not video cameras.
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 it will know how many fans to expect each day. Invitations are collected at the front gate.
The practice schedule:
Today, 4 p.m.; tomorrow, Fan Appreciation Day, 8:30 a.m. (gates open at 6 a.m., Coach Joe Gibbs speaks to fans at 8:15 a.m., and an autograph session follows practice); Monday and Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.; and next Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Practices after Aug. 11 are closed to the public.
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.
Call the team's Training Camp Hotline at 703-726-7411 for schedule updates.
-- LESLIE SHEPHERD
It's Coach Joe Gibbs vs. the offensive line during practice last year.
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Patrick Ramsey, kneeling, and Mark Brunell take a break at 2004's camp.