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For Immediate Release

August 3, 2013



More than 25,000 fans attended Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on

“Fan Appreciation Day”

EASY TWEET: #Redskins,@BonSecoursRVA,@CityRichmondVA reach 100,000 mark for fan attendance with more than 25,000 at camp today #RoadtripRVA

RICHMOND, Va. – With a crowd of more than 25,000 fans at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center for the team’s annual Fan Appreciation Day, the Washington Redskins, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, the City of Richmond and the Virginia Governor’s Office announced that fan attendance has surpassed the 100,000 mark for camp today.

"Richmond is Redskins Country! We knew Virginia loved the 'Skins, and today we can give 100,000 examples of just how much. Through the hard work of so many individuals from the Redskins to Mayor Dwight Jones and his staff to the great people at Bon Secours, the Commonwealth has won already, a month before the NFL season even kicks off,” said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. “The Redskins have a world class training facility, Richmond is the place to be for football fans this August, and Virginia's long and important relationship with a storied NFL franchise has only deepened. I hope fans have a great time today, and as Governor of Virginia, it's my pleasure to say 'Hail to the Redskins!’"

Fan Appreciation Day annually celebrates Redskins football and the team’s devoted fans. Festivities kicked off with Larry Michael, the voice of the Washington Redskins, welcoming the crowd, and Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan addressing fans prior to practice.

“Today marks a historic day in our franchise’s history,” said Washington Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder. “With the leadership of Bon Secours Health System, combined with the support from Governor McDonnell, Mayor Jones, and our other outstanding community partners, we were able to bring this unforgettable fan experience to Richmond. Together, we will continue to break records and set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in professional sports.”

Fans enjoyed multiple performances by the Redskins Marching Band and Cheerleaders prior to Redskins’ Fan Appreciation Day practice, which included individual drills, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills. Following practice, every Redskins player and coach signed autographs, took pictures and mingled with fans.

“The City of Richmond is proud to be the backdrop for this record-breaking week in Redskins Summer Training Camp history,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I want to thank Richmond residents, all the city and state employees, the area businesses, the volunteers and the fans for working together to ensure the success of this maiden Redskins voyage into RVA. We look forward to enjoying the remainder of Training Camp and to welcoming the Redskins back for years to come.”

For more information on Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, please visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp. Fans are encouraged to follow the Redskins on Twitter (@Redskins) and tweet with the hashtag #RedskinsRVA.

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Had a great time with my Dad and my boys.  But they really need to put in some bleechers all around.  Or at least build up the hill sides all around.  They ran a lot more plays than i thought and I was very pleased with that.  Last time I went years ago all they did was stretch, special teams and some individual stuff.

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That is crazy passion.

100 k in a little over a week in essence to watch practice.

That's passion and then some.



Especially considering how many drove down to Richmond from NOVA/DC/MD

Some of us drove from much farther than that.  I was in for a week from Louisville, KY.  One of the guys I was talking to at camp was from San Diego.

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