Redskins will stay at home for training camp

The Washington Redskins have announced that they will stay at home for training camp this summer, choosing to remain at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.

The team has often gone to Pennsylvania for training camp, most recently using Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., but has been at the year-round facility since 2003 and will remain there this year. Players and coaches are housed in a local hotel.

“I have heard about the passionate fans and the huge, enthusiastic crowds that come out to support our team during training camp,” new coach Mike Shanahan said in a release. “I’m looking forward to sharing in this experience for the first time. Training camp is the time our players build their identity as a team, and we are pleased to begin laying the foundation for the 2010 season.

“Staying in Loudoun County was the best thing for the Redskins,” Shanahan said. “We have brand new practice fields at Redskins Park, ample meeting room space, a terrific relationship with Loudoun County and everything we need to have an outstanding training camp.”

The organization first used Redskins Park for training camp in 2000. That is when owner Daniel Snyder had the not so bright idea to charge admission, thus allowing scouts from other teams to pay for a ticket and come in and watch every practice, every day. The Philadelphia Eagles sent a scout there nearly every day to prepare for two games against the Redskins that season.

Admission will be free this summer. Teams will announce training camp dates after the preseason schedule is set next month. Teams can open their camps 15 days prior to their first preseason game.

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